Screenwriters vote to strike

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“The next step is for us to get a serious response to our opening proposals, which we still don’t have,” said David J. Young, executive director of the West Coast guild. The guilds are asking that residual payments for films and programs sold on DVD be sharply increased, and that pay schedules be set for new outlets such as the Internet and cell phones. Company representatives have refused the first demand, and have said they are not prepared to address new media until their place and value in the entertainment marketplace are better understood. J. Nicholas Counter III, president of the producers alliance, called the authorization vote “a pro forma tactic,” in which union leaders typically win overwhelming support. “Our focus is on negotiating an agreement,” Counter said. A walkout would be Hollywood’s first major work stoppage since writers struck for five months in 1988. Screenwriters, by a sizable majority, authorized their leaders to call a strike against Hollywood’s producers as early as Nov. 1, in votes disclosed Friday. Meanwhile, bargainers for both sides this week felt their way toward something missing from their stalled talks: the kind of unofficial conversations that led to deals in the past. In mail balloting and at Thursday night meetings on both coasts, members of the Writers Guild of America East and the Writers Guild of America West granted strike authority with 90.3percent approval, representatives of the guilds said. About 5,500 of the roughly 12,000 writers covered by the unions’ contracts cast votes. Given historically low turnout rates in guild elections, the tally was a strong show of support for the tough stance taken by guild negotiators in their discussions with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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