WGA and AMPTP call it a day

Talks between the AMPTP and the WGA concluded early Wednesday evening, with the guild asserting that moderate progress had been achieved. The AMPTP was more circumspect.

Here’s the WGA’s statement —

“The Writers Guilds met today with the AMPTP and discussed issues of jurisdiction for original content for the Internet, Reality TV, Animation and Basic Cable. The talks also were focused on contract enforcement. For the last two days, we have had substantive discussions of the issues important to writers, the first time this has occurred in this negotiation. However, we are still waiting for the AMPTP to respond to all of our proposals, including Internet streaming of theatrical and television product and digital downloads.  Bargaining resumes tomorrow at 10 a.m.”

Here’s the AMPTP’s —

“Negotiations with the WGA continued throughout the day and at the request of the Guild no joint sessions occurred during the evening. We will resume tomorrow. We remain committed to making a fair and reasonable deal. We believe that there is common ground to be found between the two sides that will put all of us in the entertainment industry in a better position to survive and prosper in what is a rapidly changing modern, global marketplace. Our New Economic Partnership proposes a long-term sustainable future for our industry where we all stand to benefit, including providing more than $130 million in additional compensation for the writers above and beyond the more than $1.3 billion the writers already receive each year.”

— Dave McNary

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