The WGA has granted SAG a waiver for its Jan. 27 awards show — its third waiver since the strike began. Previously, the WGA granted a waiver to the Kennedy Center Honors telecast and for Elizabeth Taylor’s AIDS benefit at Paramount.
SAG has provided the WGA with strong strike support to date. The interim agreement covers a WGA writer for the SAG show in Los Angeles.
“WGA’s support for the Screen Actors Guild and the SAG Awards — an event that pays tribute to the extraordinary work of actors and highlights the importance of the labor movement in the entertainment industry — is welcome recognition of the strong bond of solidarity between our two creative guilds,” said SAG's national exec director Doug Allen in a statement. “We’re grateful to the WGA for working with us to accomplish this understanding and strongly support their efforts to get a fair contract.”
The waiver also means that the SAG Awards, telecast on TBS and TNT, won’t be picketed.
– Dave McNary