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全米脚本家協会ストライキ決定

10月下旬、日本語記事でも取り上げられていた全米脚本協会がストライキが決定した。1988年以来19年ぶり。1988年のストライキは22週間続いたらしく、そうなると年内分の脚本はあるが年明けからのエピ分がないという状況なので今シーズンはどのドラマも絶望、年明けから再放送やリアリティ番組などばかりで、新作は無理。
ストライキは月曜から。
脚本家に休まれてしまうと役者も仕事にならず困ってしまうので、俳優組合が話し合いに出る模様。

全米脚本家協会ストライキ条件に全米映画テレビ製作者協会が反発
全米映画テレビ製作者協会(AMPTP)と全米脚本家協会(WGA)の契約が切れる今月31日以降、契約内容に多大な不満を持つWGAが無期限ストライキに入る可能性が高まっているが、ここにきてAMPTPが反発を始めている。
AMPTPは、WGAが提示した「ストライキ中、WGAのメンバーがネットワークに渡した脚本で、作品が製作前のものは全て返却すること」に関して、一度提出された脚本の所有権利はネットワーク側にあると強く反論。ストライキを予測していたネットワーク側は、人気シリーズの脚本家たちに脚本の書きだめをさせているため、前出の条件に対して全面的に争う構えを見せている。
脚本家の中にはストライキ中の活動制限やルールに関して不満を持つものも出てきている状態だというが、WGAメンバーの90%以上が賛成しておりストライキは避けられないとされている。
(TV Groove.com)-2007年10月29日

米人気TV番組に脚本家ストの影響
全米で大ヒット中の番組「HEROES/ヒーローズ」や「グレイズ・アナトミー 恋の解剖学」などが、現地時間の11月1日から始まると予想されている脚本家ストライキの影響をモロに浴びるかもしれないという恐怖に直面している。
ロサンゼルスにいる脚本家たちは、更新される3年契約の内容を巡って、テレビ局/映画製作側(AMPTP)と真っ向対立。交渉は3ヵ月前から始まったにも関わらず、未だに大幅な進展は見られていない。そのため、現在の契約が失効する10月31日を持って、ストライキに入ると予測されているのだ。
全米脚本家協会(WGA)は、彼らの作品がインターネットや携帯などで鑑賞される際の支払いも求めているが、これにAMPTPは反対の姿勢をとっている。
TV局側は、もし彼らがストライキに入ってしまっても、年内一杯放送するだけの脚本は手にしていると発表しているが、問題は年があけた新年。再放送やゲーム番組、リアリティ番組を放送するにも限度があり、また来年の秋シーズンに始まる番組のパイロット版製作にも支障が生まれる。
ストライキに入る前の交渉は10月30日にAMPTP本部で行われる予定だが、これによっては人気ドラマの脚本製作が滞る可能性もある。
(TSUTAYAonline)-2007年11月01日

WGA leaders call for strike
The Writers Guild of America is going on strike as early as Monday.

In a lively meeting of 3,000 guild members Thursday night, the WGA's negotiating committee announced its unanimous strike recommendation, a pronouncement that generated an enthusiastic response from the SRO crowd at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The decision also is sure to cause ripple effects within the Directors Guild and the Screen Actors Guild as they negotiate their contracts within coming months.

A final decision on striking could come as early as today via meetings of the WGA West board and the WGA East Council. Leaders stressed throughout Thursday's meeting that they could not specify how soon a strike will start. Attendees were instructed that they should go to work today and wait for a call or email from strike captains.

But it's a foregone conclusion that the WGA panels will OK a strike and the consensus is that they'll probably select Monday as the starting day.

There's still a chance of re-launching the negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers over the weekend. But that scenario's doubtful , given the vitriolic rhetoric that's dominated in recent days.

AMPTP president Nick Counter, who has blasted the WGA as being strike-happy and unprofessional, issued a statement saying it was expecting the strike recommendation.

"By the WGA leadership's actions at the bargaining table, we are not surprised by tonight's recommendation," Counter said. "We are ready to meet and are prepared to close this contract this weekend."

WGA negotiating committee chair John Bowman told the audience that back-channel communications are taking place in hopes of salvaging the talks but did not indicate whether any more official negotiations have been scheduled.

Bowman also blasted the AMPTP for being unresponsive to the WGA's proposals, adding, "We've been negotiating with ourselves."

WGA West exec director David Young detailed the current state of bargaining, asserted that the guild has taken nearly half of its 26 original proposals off the table. He noted that the AMPTP has not yet submitted an economic proposal.

Young also went over the companies' proposal that programming delivered streaming video be considered "promotional" - under which writers would not be paid. That provoked an especially hostile reaction from the crowd.

WGA West president Patric Verrone prompted a standing ovation from the scribes when he asked all the strike captains to stand. SAG president Alan Rosenberg received a similar response when he pledged solidarity - though SAG's advised its members that they must cross picket lines if they're under contract to work.

"Stay strong," Rosenberg declared. "We're with you all the way."

SAG has been more closely aligned with the WGA during negotiations than any other union. The actors union is expected to launch contract talks next spring to replace their current deal, which expires June 30.

Hopes for a settlement cratered Wednesday night -- a few hours before the WGA contract expired -- amid bitter recriminations from both sides. The meltdown occurred when companies insisted that the WGA drop its demand to increase homevid residuals, including Internet downloads.

"Due to overriding business reasons, no further progress can be made because of the WGA's continuing efforts to substantially increase the DVD formula," Counter said Thursday in an earlier statement. "We are ready to meet at any time and remain committed to reaching a fair and reasonable deal that keeps the industry working, but the DVD issue is a roadblock to these negotiations."

The WGA accused the companies of being unresponsive toward a compromise package of proposals, including a concession on DVD. The WGA offered to keep the current DVD rate in place for discs with less than $1 million in sales, but is still asking to double residuals for any disc with over $1 million in wholesale revenues.

Scribes currently receive less than a nickel for each disc sold but studios and nets contend that DVD revenues are critical for film and TV projects to break even amid sharply rising costs.

CBS topper Leslie Moonves told analysts and investors Thursday that he was not worried about a strike.

"We are prepared with a full slate of firstrun programming now and at midseason," Moonves said in a conference call about third quarter earnings. "The bottom line is this: In the event of a strike, we anticipate no material impact on the company for the remainder of the season."

The impact of a strike would be felt most immediately on latenight TV, with scripted shows getting hit in a couple of weeks. But once the WGA strikes and starts picketing, the town's focus will shift to the start of negotiations between the Directors Guild of America and the AMPTP.

Though the DGA's current contract won't conclude until June 30, the directors tend to start their talks at least six months prior to expiration, and it's widely expected that talks would begin in the next few weeks. The DGA's leaders indicated last month that the guild was nearly ready to start bargaining.

Jim Johnston, a partner specializing in entertainment business at the New York firm Davis and Gilbert, said the prospect of a DGA deal that addresses thorny issues such as new-media compensation will undercut the WGA's position. "If the DGA can get analogous issues resolved, that's going to put a tremendous amount of pressure on the WGA," he added.

Support for the WGA from the other Hollywood unions has been tepid -- except for the Teamsters, who have over 4,000 drivers, location managers and casting directors through Local 399. Three days after Local 399 secretary-treasurer Leo Reed urged individual members to honor WGA picket lines, the notion received a ringing endorsement Thursday from national president Jim Hoffa.

"I encourage the members of WGA to stand strong and fight for what you believe is right and fair," he said. "The Teamsters support your cause. Without the content these proud union members provide, the television and motion picture industry would come to a grinding halt."

Hoffa noted that although Teamsters are contractually bound to continue to work active productions if the WGA does go out on strike, each and every Local 399 Teamster has the right to honor any picket line if it is raised at their place of employment without fear of reprisal from the studios.

"If there is one thing that can be said about the 1.4 million Teamsters across this country, it is that our union is one that believes in strength through solidarity," he added.

The prospect of Teamster drivers has already prompted studios and nets to look for alternatives and issue warnings to employees that they could be fired. ABC circulated a memo to Local 399 employees this week in the wake of Reed's announcement -- which asserted that the Teamster contract prevents producers from disciplining employees who honor picket lines.

"Local 399 cannot discipline you for making the decision to work," the net said. "If you make a decision not to cross a picket line by another union such as the WGA, know that you are refusing to perform your duties on a day that you have a call and that the Studio has the right to replace you because we have a right to try to operate while the WGA is on strike. As such, the studio will take all necessary action in order to ensure that we continue to operate."
(Variety)-Nov. 1, 2007, 8:11pm
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