... into the Writers Guild/AMPTP battle.
As I've written previously, the WGA has changed their early draft strike rules regarding animation writers -- for which kudos.
Today, the AMPTP ran the following ad in VARIETY and The Hollywood Reporter:
Attention All Feature Animation Writers:
As a result of a legal challenge brought by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the Writers Guild of America has revised its Strike Rules regarding writing for animated feature films.The WGA Strike Rules now permit WGA members to write for animated features that are covered by a collective bargaining agreement with another union (e.g. IATSE and/or IATSE Local 839) without being fined or discimplined.
Our position all along has been, WGA has control of its jurisdiction. We have control of ours. The day that one labor organization disciplines its members for working under another labor organization's contract, is the day that lawsuits will fly with a carefree abandon.
Having said that, we don't for a moment believe that the AMPTP has all of a sudden become our friend. We just happen to agree on one issue.
Even a blind squirrel finds an occasional nut.
Update:The press speculates if writers on strike will turn to animation writing while live action is off-limits. If history is any guide (the '88 strike), some scribes will switch over, but there's only so many 'toon writing gigs ...
Cartoon characters may come to the aid of striking Hollywood screenwriters if the Writers Guild of America's two-day-old walkout turns out to be prolonged.
Most animated shows are covered by a different union from the Writers Guild and are unaffected by the WGA strike. In addition, the WGA has withdrawn objections to its members working in animation...
We've gotten a smattering of complaints that a few WGA writers on staff at IA animated shows are having difficulty juggling their eight-hour days in animation land with their picketing duties. We're told that studio insists on staff writers showing up, while at the same time the WGA wants four-hour picketing shifts ... and that ducking picketing duty could result in a fine ...