Thursday, January 17, 2008

Directors deal, writers on deadline

Things should be getting innnnnteresting in the next week or so...

AP Entertainment Writer
LOS ANGELES — Hollywood directors have reached a tentative contract deal with studios after five days of negotiations, the directors union said Thursday.

The agreement puts pressure on striking writers to end their walkout that has lasted more than two months and idled work on dozens of TV shows.

“Two words describe this agreement — groundbreaking and substantial,” said Gil Cates, chairman of the Directors Guild of America’s negotiating committee. “There are no rollbacks of any kind.”

Among other things, the agreement increases both wages and residuals for each year of the contract. It also establishes guild jurisdiction over programs produced for distribution on the Internet and sets a new residuals formula for paid Internet downloads that essentially doubles the rate currently paid by employers, the guild said.

It also establishes residual rates for ad-supported streaming and use of clips on the Internet.

Payment for programs offered on the Internet are a key sticking point between the studios and striking writers.

ADD: I should mention that doubling the money for Internet downloads is something of a red herring, since writers currently get next to nothing for downloads. The devil's in the details, though. The New York Times story on the deal includes this explanation: "Key provisions of the contract assure that its formulas governing new media will not become a precedent in the next negotiation, when the economic prospects from new delivery forms are expected to be much clearer. The deal, in effect, postpones a fight that writers are waging now."


At 7:35 PM, January 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

im gladddddddddd to see some "movement" from the so-called guild . i just cant stand watching these stinkin reality shows although i do watch fox21 and the morning local shows . im sorry that the "bbb eye" on comcast and channel two local orignation . is going out. im on directtv where there is NO local orignation channel at all.pretty soon on comcrap library channel and the local others will be gone. i dont miss it all. although with my new hdtv here i do get to watch mykk and the rtn channel.retro but i dont know if kbditv 12 or the other channels like k43cg or 38 or even kwhs tv51 will begin to switch to hi def anytime soon. im sorry that nick matesi of kktv went to omaha ,nebraska with wowt tv6 .he will be missed.

At 9:08 AM, January 19, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick will be missed by whom, maybe the people who are getting his mortgage check, certainly not by those who are still at KKTV.

At 11:19 AM, January 20, 2008, Blogger Ron Dean said...

I am lucky that sports are not scripted. I also have gotten the two shows I really enjoy back in A Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
I will still be glad to get the writers back. Becuase the quality of TV that I am subjected to based on my wifes preferances has dropped off.

At 8:48 PM, January 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

old nick m was instumental on getting the old satellite truck for the 11news tv station there.but i dont see thenews channel 13 neww post news group people pitching in for a sat truck with all of the money they make off of that tv station.where is it i wonder??


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