Jon Stewart celebrates that the writers are back!
On a serious note, who won the stand off? Did the writers get what they wanted? In a nutshell, I guess the answer is sort of. This worth keeping an eye on. Workers really haven’t won a major negotiation since the 80’s, at least not that I know of.
From WaPo:Guild negotiators went in with three goals, Verrone explained. First, jurisdiction of new media. “We achieved that goal.” he said. Second, a provision that writers will be paid residuals for programming streamed on the Internet in the third year of the three-year deal.
The third goal, which was not achieved, he said, was to represent writers of reality and animation programming, who are currently not covered by the WGA — which is why you’re seeing so much reality programming on the broadcast networks’ prime-time lineups. (more…)