AMPTP: We lie? No, they lie. And we have the press releases to prove it.

Get ready for lots more spin.  The AMPTP’s fired another shot in the PR war with the WGA.

In a letter sent Wednesday morning to the companies it reps, the AMPTP noted what it called “substantial doses of vitriol” injected into the debate by the WGA and noting WGA East prexy Michael Winship’s recent missive to members that began thusly — “They lie. And then they lie again. And
then they lie some more.”

The AMPTP also listed the AMPTP parody website (describing it as “hijacked”) and the concerts, rallies, mock exorcisms, pencil-drops and Star Trek-themed gatherings that haver been held in support of the WGA.

“Amidst this alternating mix of personal attacks and picket line frivolity, we must not forget that this WGA strike is beginning to cause serious economic damage to many people in the entertainment business,” it noted. “While the WGA’s world-class health care benefits remain secure, tens of thousands of below-the-line workers are seeing their health insurance jeopardized by the continuing strike.”

The AMPTP missive made no mention of relaunching WGA talks. The negotiations broke down after the AMPTP insisted that the WGA take six demands off the table; the guild refused.

Instead, the AMPTP asserted that it will issue plenty of press releases.

“We believe that the best way to end this economic harm is for everyone to understand, in detail, the significant issues involved in this dispute,” the letter said. “That is why we will continue to explain our position at every opportunity and promptly refute, with facts, the mistaken assertions made by the WGA’s spokespeople.”

The entire letter, after the jump.

— Dave McNary

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  1. John Aboud says:

    “Then, someone from the WGA offices happily distributed the link to a hijacked parody website that even many rank-and-file WGA members felt was over-the-top.”
    Given that I’m one of about three Arab writers in Hollywood, isn’t the use of the word “hijacked” a little loaded? Now who’s using personal vitriol?
    Ha. Just kidding. No, seriously, what the hell?
    -John Aboud

  2. Bill says:

    As long as offers like $250 for a year’s worth of hour-long episodic internet usage is on the table (as opposed to the $20,000 residual TV rate), AMPTP assertion that they want to make a “fair deal” is a joke, a smokescreen. They have their “new economic partnership” in one hand and a pie intended for the faces of the writers in the other. The rallies, the parody sites, the vitriol — they’re all in response to years and years of AMPTP greed and deception. And they’re not going away until we get an actual fair deal. Make a real offer, I’m sure the WGA may take some of the stuff AMPTP opposes off the table. Try to bully it off the table? Expect more parody sites and vitriol.

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