Archive for February 11th, 2008

WGA Recommends Contract

11th February 2008 by Maura McHugh

According to United Hollywood, the WGA now has a contract that it feels it can recommend to its members for ratification.Patric M. Verrone, the President of the WGAW wrote to his membership and said:

I am pleased to inform you that this morning the WGA Negotiating Committee unanimously and unconditionally recommended the terms of the proposed 2008 MBA to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council. The Board and Council then voted unanimously to recommend the contract, and to submit it to the joint membership of WGAW and WGAE for ratification. The ratification vote will take place over the next few weeks by mail ballot and at a special membership meeting. You will receive ballot materials and a notice of informational meetings during the next week.

The process will take a couple of weeks, and in the meantime the WGA is asking its members to decide if they should continue to picket while members are voting on whether to accept the new contract or not. A vote will take place on Tuesday, February 12, 2008, and picketing will be suspended until the members of the WGA decide what action they would like to take.

BAFTA ‘08

11th February 2008 by Maura McHugh

This year’s BAFTAs have been announced. Of interest are:

Winner of Best Original Screenplay: Juno, written by Diablo Cody
Winner of Best Adapted Screenplay: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, adpated by Ronald Harwood from the novel by Jean-Dominique Bauby.