Strike Notes: UA follows Pants’ suit

Er, sorry about that headline.

So the big news of the week is that United Artists, the studio formed to put the power back in the hands of the creative people, has signed a deal with the WGA, similar to the deal with Worldwide Pants.

I know there are naysayers about the idea of some writers going back to work while others continue to strike, but I think this is really excellent news. The more deals like this happen, the harder it will be for the AMPTP to continue their ridiculous line that the writers are not reasonable and cannot be dealt with.

UA is wasting no time and has already announced a new project.

It’s time for the other studios to play ball. Come on guys, it’s just embarrassing at this point.

2 Replies to “Strike Notes: UA follows Pants’ suit”

  1. Listening to Marketplace this morning on the radio, the talk was that UA, even with Scientology’s #2 at the helm, is still a very small operation with only one, not so successful, release under it’s belt. So the thinking is that this is good PR for the WGA and UA, but not that much in the big scheme of things.

    Still, more agreements are better than fewer agreements.

  2. I don’t think a deal with Worldwide Pants was a good move, as it benefits CBS, a struck company, to a large degree, and predictably created a lot of bitter writers at other late night shows.

    UA, on the other hand, means little right now. Its a safe move for both. As DB said, they have a lackluster track record. Right now the biggest advantage they gain is good PR for Cruise, and the one place in town that can negotiate for scripts. But even a distributor won’t be able to benefit, as its highly unlikely that any film they make will be releasable until mid to late summer, at the bare minimum, when the strike will likely be over.

    I expect more indie production companies to follow suit. I don’t think its gonna scare the studios much, though, since they’ll be happy to distribute anything good and ignore projects that look like stinkers.

    But the best part is that readers and, a handful of writers, will be back to work, and if a script or two is greenlit, so will some film crews.

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