WISCONSINREPORT.COM (01/14/08) - The production company that produced Spy Kids, Scary Movie and Scream, has come to agreement with the Writers Guild of America. The terms of the agreement are similar to the Guild’s recent deals with Worldwide Pants and United Artists. Writers Guild members are now able to work with The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films. Meanwhile, the Writer's Guild strike continues on companies that have not yet come to agreement with the writers union, and, now the Directors Guild is also starting its own negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. WisconsinReport.com has more.
The Weinstein Company (TWC) and the Writers Guild of America (WGA) have announced that they have signed a comprehensive independent agreement. While the details are not being disclosed, the deal addresses the issues important to writers, including New Media.
The following is a joint statement from Bob and Harvey Weinstein, co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company:
“We believe this strike must be resolved now, it’s that simple.”
“Each day more people are losing their jobs because of this strike and a trickle down effect is impacting the entire industry. There seems to be no end in sight and this should be a concern to all of us.”
“While we understand and respect both sides of this issue, this agreement is a catalyst in bringing both sides back to the table so real conversations can begin.”
“We should not forget that this time of year should be a time of celebration for our industry and it won't be until this strike is resolved.”
David Young, executive director of the Writers Guild of America, West and WGA chief negotiator, said: “The Guild is proud to move forward with The Weinstein Company and hopes that other studios will follow its example. The conglomerates walked away from bargaining and have refused to resume negotiations, but this shows we can sign deals that are fair for writers and the companies that employ them.”
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) represents writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable, and new media industries in both entertainment and news.
The Weinstein Company (TWC) was created by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films Corporation in 1979. TWC is a multi-media company that officially launched on October 1, 2005. Dimension Films, the genre label that was founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, is also included under the TWC banner.
During the Weinsteins’ tenure at Miramax Films the company released some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful independent feature films which received 249 Academy Award nominations and won 60 Oscars, have generated billions of dollars in worldwide box office receipts and billions more in home video sales.
In its history, Dimension Films has released some of the most successful franchises including "Scream," "Spy Kids" and "Scary Movie.”
The writers are not the only creative people who are trying to negotiate with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The directors, through it's organization is also negotiating with the group that represents dozens of movie and television production companies.
The Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers agreed to enter into formal contract negotiations. Negotiations were scheduled to begin Saturday, January 12, 2008, at AMPTP headquarters in Encino, CA.
The DGA and the AMPTP have agreed that neither organization will comment to the press regarding negotiations until negotiations have concluded.