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AWARDS WATCH | Writers Guild Disses Oscars, Globes

AWARDS WATCH | Writers Guild Disses Oscars, Globes

Amidst speculation that high profile awards shows will be the target of picketing if the strike continues, the Writers Guild of America said Monday night that it has rejected a request for a waiver that would allow its writers to work on the upcoming Golden Globe Awards show, scheduled for Januaray 13th. The Guild also said in an announcement that it has denied a request by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the use of film clips during the annual Oscar ceremony (scheduled for February 24, 2008). “Writers are engaged in a crucial struggle to achieve a collective bargaining agreement that will protect their compensation and intellectual property rights now and in the future,” the WGA said in a statement. “We must do everything we can to bring our negotiations to a swift and fair conclusion for the benefit of writers and all those who are being harmed by the companies’ failure to engage in serious negotiations.” [Eugene Hernandez]

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