Just how both sides agreed to return to the table is a story that will no doubt be revealed over the next hours and days. But there’s no doubt one key behind-the-scenes force has been the informal United Showrunners group, which is comprised of hyphenates who serve as both scribes and producers.
Because they work so closely with the big companies that make TV shows, they know how the moguls think. But they’ve also been careful to display nearly-universal solidarity with the WGA, not wanting to appear as if they’re backing away from their guild.
Just moments after the WGA and the AMPTP announced talks were back on, the United Showrunners sent the good news to its members. Here’s the email:
Subject: URGENT – Big Announcement
Here’s the great news: Talks between the WGA and the AMPTP have been scheduled to officially resume Monday, November 26th.
Those in the process say the studios’ sudden responsiveness is a direct result of three thousand writers in the streets, our Internet/communications strategy, and especially showrunners’ actions. We had the impact we intended.
So, what now?
Simply put, stay out if you can.
The WGA wants to stress that it’s crucial for writers to keep the pressure up next week. All pickets and rallies are still on. It’s critical that our negotiators go to that table with as much strength as possible.
So, please, hang in there. We will monitor the situation extremely closely and will talk with John Bowman directly throughout. We will not ask you to stay out a minute longer than necessary.
We’re on the ten yard line, folks. Let’s drive it home.
Thank you to all who have been so courageous these past weeks.
— United Showrunners