×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Writers beating the war drums

Guild transforming lounge into strategy room

The first casualty of war is … the writers lounge?

With contentious negotiations between the WGA and producers set to resume Sept. 19, the scribe tribe seems to be stoking fires all over town, including their own headquarters.

Guild leaders said last week they’re booting writers out of the first-floor space at WGA West headquarters commonly used to shmooze or work on projects to use it as a strategy room. “If we don’t set up a potential strike headquarters, our intentions will look wobbly,” says negotiating committee member Dan Wilcox.

And on Aug. 28 — the same day it agreed to relaunch contract negotiations, the WGA joined the pile-on against CBS reality series “Kid Nation,” blasting it not just for alleged mistreatment of child participants but as emblematic of how reality producers abuse talent via illegal overtime and a lack of meal breaks.

Kid Nation” showrunner Tom Forman denied the allegations and says he’s suprised the WGA had taken the shot, since the show doesn’t use writers.

But the WGA is looking to gain jurisdiction over reality shows at the bargaining table, and the move was a clear warning shot.

Ironically, the only quiet front over at the WGA is its upcoming elections. In contrast to previous votes, the 22 candidates on this year’s ballot have refrained from any but the mildest criticism of current WGA leadership. The only sizzle in the relatively thin booklet of statements are a few barbs directed at the studios and networks.

Not surprisingly, they describe the companies as “rapacious” and “sharks.”

Popular on Variety

More News

  • The Truth

    Singapore Festival to Focus on Asian Excellence for 30th Edition

    For its 30th edition the Singapore International Film Festival has avoided programming novelty and instead focused on assembling excellence – mostly indie titles — from Asia and further afield. The festival, which previously announced local filmmaker Anthony Chen’s second feature “Wet Season” as its opening night gala presentation, announced the balance of its programming on [...]

  • Isabela Moner Dora the Explorer

    Film News Roundup: Isabela Merced Boards Jason Momoa's 'Sweet Girl' for Netflix

    In today’s film news roundup, Isabela Merced get cast opposite Jason Momoa, “Starbright” gets financing and AFM announces its speakers. CASTING Isabela Merced, formerly Isabela Moner, has come on board to portray the daughter of Jason Momoa in his upcoming revenge thriller “Sweet Girl” for Netflix. Momoa will play a devastated man who vows to [...]

  • Walt Disney HQ LA

    Disney Seeks to Throw Out Gender Pay Gap Lawsuit

    The Walt Disney Co. is seeking to throw out a lawsuit alleging that women employees are paid less than men, arguing that the suit is too sprawling and unwieldy to handle as a class action. Andrus Anderson LLP filed the suit in April, alleging that Disney’s hiring and pay practices have a discriminatory effect on [...]

  • Ford v Ferrari

    Christian Bale, Matt Damon to Campaign in Lead Actor Category for 'Ford v Ferrari'

    Christian Bale and Matt Damon will both campaign in the lead actor category for awards for their work in Fox’s upcoming “Ford v Ferrari,” Variety has learned. “Ford v Ferrari” follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby (Damon) and his British driver, Ken Miles (Bale), who [...]

  • Tezuka's Barbara film

    Tokyo Film Festival: Makoto Tezuka Probes Past and Present in 'Barbara'

    The son of the late Osamu Tezuka, who is known as the “the god of manga” in Japan for his innovative and enduringly popular comics, Makoto Tezuka (also known as Macoto Tezka) long ago escaped his father’s looming shadow, carving out a career as a film and animation director. At the same time, he has [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content