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CONTRACT TALKS WITH WGA TO BEGIN ON MONDAY

January 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Contract negotiations between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) are set to begin on Monday, with a likely focus on cable-TV payments and residuals. A breakdown in talks over cable-TV issues resulted in a 14-week strike that paralyzed Hollywood in 2007 and 2008. At the time, however, few original programs were produced for cable and those that were had budgets that were a fraction of those for broadcast TV. The Wall Street Journal observed today that times have changed and “as cable shows proliferate and occasionally draw network-size audiences, cable is helping generate a growing share of writers’ pay.” Currently, it noted, writers working on a half-hour show for a cable network earn about 30 percent less than their broadcast network counterparts.