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WGA Halts Face-to-Face Meetings As Coronavirus Outbreak Looms Over Upcoming Contract Negotiations

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The WGA this morning knowledgeable its membership that the upcoming membership conferences have been “cancelled as a precaution towards COVID-19 (coronavirus),” I’ve realized.

The management of the guild had arrange eight membership conferences from Feb. 28 -March 13 “to debate proposals and priorities for the upcoming Minimal Primary Settlement negotiation” — three for showrunners, three for basic members and two for screenwriters. The 2 remaining ones, the showrunner discussion board on March 12 and the screenwriter one on March 13, have now been scrapped in response to the outbreak.

“In lieu of face-to-face conferences, the negotiating committee will share details about the upcoming negotiations by way of e mail over the subsequent two weeks,” the guild instructed members Tuesday/ “The WGA and the AMPTP are scheduled to start bargaining on March 23, 2020,” the stated in its communication to members.”

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In canceling in-person conferences, the WGA follows fellow Hollywood union SAG-AFTRA, which despatched the same advisory to its members yesterday.

The event comes lower than two weeks earlier than the WGA is slated to start contract negotiations with the studios. With the coronavirus epidemic engulfing the nation, together with the remainder of the world, and its impression in Hollywood rising daily, there was chatter that the guild might prolong its present AMPTP contract, which expires Might 1, to keep away from a possible strike amid a world well being disaster. A rep for the WGA had no remark whether or not such a risk is being thought of. I hear {that a} potential contract extension has not been mentioned with guild members or studios.

The WGA final struck the movie and TV business in 2007-2008 for 100 days.

WGA members confirmed unity as they overwhelmingly accepted a Sample of Calls for final month that referred to as for elevated minimal compensation “in all areas” and improved residuals for reuse markets. The sample additionally requires a “signatory firms to barter solely with brokers franchised by the WGA,” which threatens to pull the businesses into the guild’s 11-month battle with the key expertise businesses over packaging and affiliate manufacturing. Guild leaders have reportedly instructed showrunners that it plans to drop that demand, though it’s nonetheless posted on the WGA West’s web site. Sources describe the latest showrunner assembly, held over the weekend, as contentious.

The AMPTP just lately reached a tentative settlement on a brand new movie and TV contract with the DGA. SAG-AFTRA’s contract expires June 30.

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Hilda Workman

Hilda Workman - Hilda Workman is a licensed financial advisor with years of expertise in the industry. She has assisted a range of clients, from sole proprietors to large corporations, in reaching their financial objectives. She is informed about many different financial subjects, including tax preparation, investment planning and also in fashion. She believes that the best things are those that are imperfect.

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