many thanks to my pal JAM who sent over this joint statement from a bunch of entertainment CEOs - which will hopefully signals the end of the writers' strike! i certainly pray it's all over - if it were to continue - television would start to seem bleaker than it already is! i've been feeling super uneasy about all this strike business (along with a looming recession!) i hope everyone is happy with the deal - so here's to people going back to work again - cheers! popbytes over & out for tonight...xxoo! (woo hoo...tomorrow is friday!)
PS i think i was reading too much into this statement - this is only an appeal to get talks going again! oh my word - this so needs to be resolved ASAP!
PHOTO CREDIT - MONICA ALMEIDA | THE NEW YORK TIMES
The agreement between the Alliance of Motion Picture and TelevisionProducers and the Directors Guild of America establishes an important precedent: Our industry's creative talent will now participate financially in every emerging area of new media. The agreement demonstrates beyond any doubt that our industry's producers are willing and able to work with the creators of entertainment content to establish fair and flexible rules for this fast-changing marketplace.
We hope that this agreement with DGA will signal the beginning of the end of this extremely difficult period for our industry. Today, we invite the Writers Guild of America to engage with us in a series of informal discussions similar to the productive process that led us to a deal with the DGA to determine whether there is a reasonable basis for returning to formal bargaining. We look forward to these discussions, and to the day when our entire industry gets back to work.
Peter Chernin Chairman and CEO The Fox Group
Brad Grey Chairman & CEO Paramount Pictures Corp.
Robert A. Iger President & CEO The Walt Disney Company
Michael Lynton Chairman & CEO Sony Pictures Entertainment
Barry M. Meyer Chairman & CEO Warner Bros.
Leslie Moonves President & CEO CBS Corp.
Harry Sloan Chairman & CEO MGM
Jeff Zucker President & CEO NBC Universal