WGA puts a smile on Neil Portnow’s face

Grammy_2 The Writers Guild of America West has just made it official — it’s granted a waiver to the Grammys.

Move come a week after the WGA West board made the unanimous decision that it would not picket the Feb. 10 show. Monday’s announcement means that WGA writers can work on the show.

The WGA’s refusal to grant a waiver for the Jan. 13 Golden Globes forced organizers to cut the event to a news conference after all the nominees in acting categories vowed not to cross the WGA picket line. The WGA has called off its own Feb. 9 awards show, and the fate of the Feb. 24 Oscarcast remains muddled after the guild indicated last month that it would not grant a waiver if one was requested.

Here’s the latest announcement–

The Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) has agreed to grant an interim agreement for this year’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. This will allow for written material for the show to be covered under a Guild contract.

“Professional musicians face many of the same issues that we do concerning fair compensation for the use of their work in new media. In the interest of advancing our goal of achieving a fair contract, the WGAW Board felt that this decision should be made on behalf our brothers and sisters in the American Federation of Musicians and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists,” said WGAW President Patric M. Verrone.

–Dave McNary