On Feb. 2, 2008, Entertainment Weekly magazine posted some very encouraging news. According to close source, the WGA and AMTPT may soon come to an end on their fourth-month long brawl. I would say Hallelujah, but EW warns we shouldn't get our hopes up just yet. Still, the thought of a full season of Lost and the return of the beautiful Ned on the lovely hit Pushing Daises has my heart all aflutter. Here's to hoping they break out the pens & contracts soon.
Read the news brief below:
Good news from the picket lines? A source close to the negotiations says a tentative deal has been reached between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. A meeting is scheduled for Monday to tie up the final details. Both sides have been conducting informal negotiations under a shroud of secrecy for several days so their chief negotiators could finally bring an end to the ongoing labor dispute, now in its third month. There's been a press blackout on the talks, though the WGA has continued to announce interim deals with Hollywood independent producers.
The WGA has not publicly commented on the latest developments. In fact, on Sunday EW obtained an e-mail sent to the writers by WGA West president Patric Verrone and WGA East president Michael Winship, urging the membership to "disregard rumors about either the existence of an agreement or its terms."
"We are still in talks and do not yet have a contract," the e-mail continues. "When and if a tentative agreement is reached, the first thing we will do is alert our membership." Verrone also said that picketing will resume Monday.