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AMPTP on Worldwide Pants deal: Joke’s on WGA members

AMPTP not surprisingly was none too impressed by the pact WGA unveiled last night with David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants, paving the way for CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” to return Wednesday with their writers. We’re awaiting clarity on the AMPTP’s assertion that guild is “misrepresenting” Worldwide Pants’ status as an AMPTP member. The company’s corporate Worldwide Trousers Inc. entity was included on the list of struck companies that WGA West has posted on its website.

Here’s the AMPTP’s statement:

“While it is good news for viewers that the jokes will be back on the late night shows, the biggest joke of all appears to be the one the WGA’s organizers are pulling on working writers. The people in charge at WGA have insisted on increasing their own power by prevailing on jurisdictional issues such as
reality, animation and sympathy strikes. Yet today the WGA made an interim agreement to send writers back to work that by definition could not have achieved these jurisdictional goals — gains that would at a minimum require the company making an agreement to actually produce reality and animation
programming.

WGA’s organizers are also misrepresenting the fact that Worldwide Pants is an AMPTP member. Today’s agreement is just the latest indication that the WGA’s organizers may not have what it takes to achieve an industry-wide deal that will create a strong and sustainable economic future for writers and producers alike.”

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