According to United Hollywood, the WGA’s negotiators have started backchannel informal talks with the producers’ reps. While the lines of communication have been reopened, the chair of the WGA negotiating committee and the Guild’s Presidents ask guild members to be patient and to join in a consolidated picket at Paramount Studios on Tuesday.
In a comment replying to the news, Joss Whedon urged members to “act as if the strike is NEVER going to end.”
“We need the rage that sends us out onto the picket lines, the passion that makes us look for alternate methods of financing and developing content, and the unity that reminds us how much the studios have taken from the community already by forcing this strike. As far as the WGA is concerned, the studios have not made one decision based on fair business practices. (Funny side-note: they’ve also abused writers as long as there has been filmed entertainment.) Some of the things that have been broken in these last months can never be fixed, some truths about the studios’ power-grubbing inhumanity that can never be forgotten, or laughed over (as they have been for decades).”
He further notes. “I’m honestly thrilled about the news. I’m as ready as anyone to get back to telling stories in the media I love. But the studios need to remember that I’m also ready not to.”
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