The three-month-long writers strike may finally be coming to an end! According to such sources as The Hollywood Reporter, there's a good chance that a tentative agreement between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) may be announced as soon as this week. The deal would need to be ratified by both the WGA West as well as the WGA East but progress is being made, in particular in the areas of new-media residuals.
Patric Verrone (WGAW) and Michael Winship (WGAE) issued the following joint statement:
We are still in talks and do not yet have a contract. When and if a tentative agreement is reached, the first thing we will do is alert our membership with an e-mail message. Until then, please disregard rumors about either the existence of an agreement or its terms.
Until we have reached an agreement with the AMPTP, it is essential that we continue to show our resolve, solidarity and strength. Picketing will resume on Monday. Our leverage at the bargaining table is directly affected by your commitment to our cause. Please continue to show your support on the line. We are all in this together.
Yes, there's some irony that this message of "solidarity" is coming from an organization split into coastal tribes, but the good news is that negotiations may move back to "on the record" status and a fair agreement may be met in just the next few days.