The WGA appealed to the City to halt location shoots

Fortunately, they were refused. I’ve supported the strike since day one, but this just stinks of desperation and stupidity.

The guild pleaded its case to the city in a Friday hearing before the Los Angeles Board of Public Works. The WGA sought to have struck companies denied the permits necessary to close city streets for location shoots.

A spokesman for FilmLA, the private organization that helps facilitate industry permit requests, said the board ultimately nixed the guild’s request after consultation with the city attorney.

The Hollywood Reporter article adds that the board issued a non-binding opinion that “production companies obtaining permits provide guild representatives 20 minutes on location during film shoots to state their views on the WGA’s current negotiations impasse.”

4 Replies to “The WGA appealed to the City to halt location shoots”

  1. David,

    Glad you are finally seeing the true nature of the WGA’s “leadership.” Wow. Just WOW after reading that. That is as desperate an attempt as I have seen lately, possibly even more pathetic than all the Pres candidates jockeying after Bhutto’s death as to who has the most foreign policy experience (“I knew her,” “I spoke to her,” “I wiped her ass,” etc.) or who is really for “change.”

    If anything, I am glad to read a slightly non pro-WGA post on this site, which has been almost blindly one-sided.

  2. why should the city be granting special consideration to companies that refuse to take part in negotations? this just shows how toothless the city council’s resolution to encourage the companies to get back to the negotiating table is.

  3. Jim, by companies do you mean the AMPTP? Because the city council isn’t granting them any special consideration. The studios ask for and get permits everyday. It’s the WGA who wanted special consideration by asking the council to stop granting permits.

    The scripts that these production companies want to film are finished scripts. Most are probably scripts that writers worked 24/7 to complete just before the strike so that they could get paid and have some money in their pockets before the long lay off. The writers have been paid for the project, the WGA shouldn’t begrudge all the non writing workers (actors, BTLers, etc) from getting their fees too by filming the completed script.

    And I agree with P, it’s nice to see a post that isn’t so one sided in favor of the guild.

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