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WGA negotiating committee member Howard Michael Gould — whose Nov. 1 speech at the LA Convention Center member meeting was a galvanizing force in convincing members of the necessity to go on strike –has posted a detailed analysis of the intricacies of how the WGA reached a deal at Craig Mazin’s Artful Writer blog.
He notes that there was no way that the AMPTP would reach a deal with the writers before it made a deal with the DGA — 
“In retrospect it’s clear that, unless we were willing to settle for a mere extension of the last contract, accepting the DVD rate on electronic sell-through and leaving all other new media issues tabled for another three years, the AMPTP was never going to negotiate seriously with us before they made a deal with the directors.”
With the WGA strike in its third month as the DGA negotiated, Gould believes the directors were able to get a better deal than they expected. And Gould contends that should lead to the DGA and WGA making a major effort to improve their usually chilly relationship — which hasn’t yet occurred, at least in any public way. 

“It can’t be emphasized enough that this year, the traditional, anticipated pattern was turned on its head,” he writes. “This year, we didn’t get the DGA deal.  This year, the DGA got our deal. All would be better if the relationship between the Guilds were healthier, and this should be a primary area of attention over the next few years.  For starters, we owe them a big, public thank you, which we’ve yet to give them.  They owe us one, too.”

Gould also goes into detail about the so-called “Dirty Thirty,” who were pressing leaders to make a deal sooner rather than later. Here’s the entire post —

http://artfulwriter.com/?p=331

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