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iW NEWS | WGA & AMPTP Lift News Blackout, Issue Statements

iW NEWS | WGA & AMPTP Lift News Blackout, Issue Statements

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) each issued statements tonight, lifting this week’s press blackout. Talks that re-started on Monday have been suspended for the week so that the WGA can consider a new proposal, according to the AMPTP. It referred to presenting today, “a New Economic Partnership to the WGA, which includes groundbreaking moves in several areas of new media, including streaming, content made for new media and programming delivered over digital broadcast channels.” They continued, “The entire value of the New Economic Partnership will deliver more than $130 million in additional compensation above and beyond the more than $1.3 billion writers already receive each year.” The WGA referred to a proposal yesterday, saying, “It dealt only with streaming and made-for-Internet jurisdiction, and it amounts to a massive rollback” and referring to a new proposal, noted, “they made absolutely no move on the download formula (which they propose to pay at the DVD rate), and continue to assert that they can deem any reuse “promotional,” and pay no residual (even if they replay the entire film or TV episode and even if they make money). Referring to its own proposal yesterday, the WGA said, “Our entire package would cost this industry $151 million over three years. That’s a little over a 3% increase in writer earnings each year, while company revenues are projected to grow at a rate of 10%.” Reiterating that the strike must continue, the WGA said, “The AMPTP’s intractability is dispiriting news,” while the TV Networks and Hollywood studios said, “We continue to believe that there is common ground to be found between the two sides, and that our proposal for a New Economic Partnership offers the best chance to find it.” [Eugene Hernandez]

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