Company to resume working with writers
The Weinsteins have made it official: The Weinstein Co. and its genre arm Dimension Films have inked an interim agreement with the WGA, freeing the company to resume working with WGA-repped scribes on new and existing pic projects.
In a statement announcing the pact, Weinstein Co. co-chairs Harvey and Bob Weinstein made no bones about why they struck the deal, citing the impact that the labor strife has had on Hollywood’s traditional awards season. Confirmation of WGA’s third interim agreement with an indie comes on the heels of Friday’s news that the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will begin formal bargaining sessions with the Directors Guild of America on Saturday. DGA’s start of formal negotiations has raised industry hopes that a DGA pact could serve as a basis for the WGA to resume contract talks that have been at a stalemate since the AMPTP broke off the last round of negotiations on Dec. 7.
Amid all this uncertainty, the Weinsteins said they felt compelled to act on their own behalf.
“We believe this strike must be resolved now, it’s that simple. Each day more people are losing their jobs because of this strike and a trickle down effect is impacting the entire industry. There seems to be no end in sight and this should be a concern to all of us,” the Weinsteins’ joint statement said. “While we understand and respect both sides of this issue, this agreement is a catalyst in
bringing both sides back to the table so real conversations can begin. We should not forget that this time of year should be a time of celebration for our industry and it won’t be until this strike is resolved.”
Financial details of the TWC deal were not disclosed, but guild said it was similar to the terms of the interim pacts WGA has finalized in the past few weeks with David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants and United Artists.
“The Guild is proud to move forward with The Weinstein Company and hopes that other studios will follow its example,” WGA West exec director David Young said in a statement. “The conglomerates walked away from bargaining and have refused to resume negotiations, but this shows we can sign deals that are fair for writers and the companies that employ them.”