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DAILY NEWS: WGA/AMPTP Deal Details; and Sundance Lab Plans

DAILY NEWS: WGA/AMPTP Deal Details; and Sundance Lab Plans

DAILY NEWS: WGA/AMPTP Deal Details; and Sundance Lab Plans

by Eugene Hernandez, Anthony Kaufman/indieWIRE

>> WGA and AMPTP Approve Tentative Agreement with Numerous Changes

(indieWIRE/05.07.01) — Friday’s tentative 3-year agreement between the
Writers Guild of America (WGA), East and West and the Alliance of Motion
Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP)
, ABC, CBS, and NBC will cover 11,000 theatrical and TV writers, if approved.

Among the highlights of the tentative agreement, according to a joint
statement by the WGA and the AMPTP, are mandatory script publication fees for
DVD and videocassettes, distinction of Fox as a broadcaster for the purposes
of residuals, as well as changes in foreign residuals. Also new are
regulations related to video-on-demand for distribution over the Internet
and rules regarding content created specifically for the web. Other
highlights include new residuals formulas for projects that are made for
pay TV and basic cable, and increases for screenplay and teleplay

Other issues affecting screenwriters are the ability of writers to
re-aquire unproduced scripts, and specific discussion, in the words of
the announcement, “to change the culture of filmmaking and enhance the
collaborative process for writers, directors and all of the artists that
contribute their craft to the final film.” Also included are changes that
include more active involvement of writers in various stages of the
filmmaking process. These issues were addressed through discussions that
involved the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

Reacting to the news of the tentative agreement in a prepared statement, DGA
President Jack Shea said, “We felt strongly that creative relationships
should not be mandated, and are glad that those involved in the negotiations
concurred. The new set of preferred practices should contribute meaningfully
to improving writer-director relationships.”

With an apparent deal in place to avoid one Hollywood industry strike, all
eyes will now be on the actors. The Screen Actors Guild and the American
Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
reacted to the tentative
agreement with the following prepared statement, “Since the AMPTP and TV
networks have reached an agreement with the writers, SAG and AFTRA look
forward to analyzing the new WGA deal in detail to see if it will be helpful
in finding a way to address the specific needs of actors in our upcoming

The statement indicated that no further comment will be made until that
analysis is completed. The SAG/AFTRA statement concluded, “If the AMPTP and
the networks are prepared — as they have assured us they are — to address
the unique needs of actors, we are confident we can emulate this significant
accomplishment of reaching an agreement without a work stoppage.” [Eugene

[For more detailed information regarding the tentative agreement, visit the
following websites, WGA or AMPTP]

>> Sundance Sets Projects for Upcoming Labs

(indieWIRE/05.07.01) — Thirteen feature film projects have been announced
to participate in the Sundance Institute‘s June Filmmakers and
Screenwriters Lab (May 29 – June 28, 2001).

Set to join the Filmmakers Lab are Laurie Collyer with “Flesh and
,” Lisa Collins with “The Grass is Greener,” Derick and Steven Martini
with “Lymelife,” Tatia Rosenthal and Etgar Keret with “$9.99,” Jono Oliver
with “The Other Ones,” Jamie Mayer with “Painless,” Alex Rivera with “The Sleep Dealer,” and Hillary Brougher with “Stephanie Daley.”

The group will be joined at the Screenwriters Lab by Jacob and Josh
Kornbluth with “The Best Thief in the World,” Jessica Hegeborn with
Dogeaters,” Meng Ong with “Chinese Ghost Wedding,” Christa Collins with “P.O.V.,” and Peter Sollett with and untitled project.

The Institute also announced plans and participants for its first
Screenwriters Lab in Spain. It will take place May 21 – 26 in conjunction
with the Spanish Society of Authors in Madrid. [Eugene Hernandez]

>> FRIDAY in indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: Strike Talks Resume Today; SF Film Fest Winners; Hart Sharp and FilmFour Sign Pact; Carlis Lands at BNN

(indieWIRE/05.4.01) — WGA and AMPTP talks continue today in Los Angeles; the 44th San Francisco International Film Festival announces its winners
for its event which ended Thursday; the U.K.’s FilmFour and New York-based
Hart Sharp Entertainment have formed a co-production alliance and Steve
has joined to head the company’s new digital film


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