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iW NEWS | Writers Officially End Strike

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire February 13, 2008 at 8:45AM

"The strike is over. Our membership has voted, and writers can go back to work," declared Patric M. Verrone, WGAW president in Los Angeles hours ago. The membership of the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) voted to end their their 100-day strike that began on Nov. 5. According to the guild, 3,775 writers voted, with 92.5% casting ballots in favor of ending the strike. "This was not a strike we wanted, but one we had to conduct in order to win jurisdiction and establish appropriate residuals for writing in new media and on the Internet," Verrone continued in the statement. "Those advances now give us a foothold in the digital age. Rather than being shut out of the future of content creation and delivery, writers will lead the way as TV migrates to the Internet and platforms for new media are developed." Next up, the writers will vote February 25th on ratifying the tentative three-year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. "This is a day of relief and optimism for everyone in the entertainment industry," said studio heads in a statement. "We can now all get back to work, with the assurance that we have concluded two groundbreaking labor agreements – with our directors and our writers -- that establish a partnership through which our business can grow and prosper in the new digital age." The statement came from Peter Chernin, Chairman and CEO of the Fox Group, Brad Grey of Chairman & CEO, Paramount Pictures Corp, Robert A. Iger of President & CEO, The Walt Disney Company, Michael Lynton, Chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Barry M. Meyer, Chairman & CEO of Warner Bros., Leslie Moonves, President & CEO of CBS Corp., Harry Sloan, Chairman & CEO of MGM, and Jeff Zucker, President & CEO of NBC Universal. [Eugene Hernandez]
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"The strike is over. Our membership has voted, and writers can go back to work," declared Patric M. Verrone, WGAW president in Los Angeles hours ago. The membership of the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) voted to end their their 100-day strike that began on Nov. 5. According to the guild, 3,775 writers voted, with 92.5% casting ballots in favor of ending the strike. "This was not a strike we wanted, but one we had to conduct in order to win jurisdiction and establish appropriate residuals for writing in new media and on the Internet," Verrone continued in the statement. "Those advances now give us a foothold in the digital age. Rather than being shut out of the future of content creation and delivery, writers will lead the way as TV migrates to the Internet and platforms for new media are developed." Next up, the writers will vote February 25th on ratifying the tentative three-year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. "This is a day of relief and optimism for everyone in the entertainment industry," said studio heads in a statement. "We can now all get back to work, with the assurance that we have concluded two groundbreaking labor agreements – with our directors and our writers -- that establish a partnership through which our business can grow and prosper in the new digital age." The statement came from Peter Chernin, Chairman and CEO of the Fox Group, Brad Grey of Chairman & CEO, Paramount Pictures Corp, Robert A. Iger of President & CEO, The Walt Disney Company, Michael Lynton, Chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Barry M. Meyer, Chairman & CEO of Warner Bros., Leslie Moonves, President & CEO of CBS Corp., Harry Sloan, Chairman & CEO of MGM, and Jeff Zucker, President & CEO of NBC Universal. [Eugene Hernandez]