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No waivers for Golden Globes, Oscars

The Writers Guild of America has turned down requests for waivers for Oscars and the Golden Globes.
WGA West president Patric Verrone rejected the requests Monday, due to the guild’s seven-week strike against studios and networks.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had asked for permission from the WGA for use of clips during the Feb. 24 Oscar telecast. Dick Clark Prods. and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association had  requested a waiver to allow writers to work on the Jan. 13 awards show.

Dick Clark Prods. released a statement indicating that it will try another route to keep its show from being picketed by making negotiating an agreement as an indie producer.

“The Golden Globe Awards, which has a long and friendly relationship with the Writers Guild of America, is obviously disappointed that the WGA denied its request for a waiver,” it said.  “However, we are encouraged by the fact that the WGA has announced that it plans to negotiate agreements with independent production companies.  Therefore, we will attempt to reach some type of agreement with them on behalf of the 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards, which will recognize and honor outstanding achievements in both movies and television programming made before the strike.” 

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