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WGA unfazed with Producers offer

Talks this week between the WGA and Producers have yet to deliver an end to the strike. Both parties appeared to be at a stalemate, likened to a game of the old 1950’s chicken, each waiting for the other car to move first.

It appears the producers did. But it hasn’t impressed the WGA.

The producers unveiled a sweetened economic proposal that the studios said would “deliver more than $130 million in additional compensation” annually to scribes for new media distribution of their work.

But as the WGA told its members, there’s really nothing new in the deal. “In their new proposal, they made absolutely no move on the download formula (which they propose to pay at the DVD rate), and continue to assert that they can deem any reuse “promotional,” and pay no residual (even if they replay the entire film or TV episode and even if they make money).

“The AMPTP says it will have additional proposals to make but, as of Thursday evening, they have not been presented to us. We are scheduled to meet with them again on Tuesday,” said the WGA.

“The WGA is not budging,” one insider said.

Sources: AAP, Deadline Hollywood.

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