So Long, Writers' Strike!

Hollywood scribes now back to scribin'.

The votes have been tallied, and the results are in: the Writers' Guild strike is officially history.

Though everyone pretty much knew the two-day voting period was a formality, the numbers are still pretty impressive: a full 92.5 percent of the 3,775 ballots cast were in favor of accepting the deal offered by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers last week.

Now that the writers have gone back to work, it's time to cue up the inevitable conciliatory post-strike statements. Let's hear from the AMPTP first:

"This is a day of relief and optimism for everyone in the entertainment industry. The strike has been extraordinarily difficult for all of us, but the hardest hit of all have been the many thousands of businesses, workers and families that are economically dependent on our industry. We hope now to focus our collective efforts on what this industry does best -- writers, directors, actors, production crews, and entertainment companies working together to deliver great content to our worldwide audiences."

Very gracious, gentlemen. And now for WGA West president Patric Verrone:

"The strike is over. Our membership has voted, and writers can go back to work. This was not a strike we wanted, but one we had to conduct in order to win jurisdiction and establish appropriate residuals for writing in new media and on the Internet. Those advances now give us a foothold in the digital age. Rather than being shut out of the future of content creation and delivery, writers will lead the way as TV migrates to the Internet and platforms for new media are developed."

Strikes are rarely friendly, but this one grew particularly contentious as it dragged on -- something CBS president Les Moonves now attributes to "some miscommunication early on," expressing hope that going forward, the two sides will "not talk just once every three years, but maybe every month."

So there you have it, film fans -- Hollywood is one big happy family again, and everyone is getting back to work on new episodes of Lost and The Office, not to mention whipping that pesky Justice League of America script into shape. Now there's just that matter of the Screen Actors Guild needing to negotiate a new deal in a few months...

Source: Variety

Comments

Elixor

Daniel Klooster

Just say 'No' to JLA.

Feb 14 - 05:36 AM

dillingerescapeartist

Ken Flenniken

More of The Office! Arrested Development movie! Hooray!

Feb 14 - 06:39 AM

sunsaz

Chris Moore

Thank God! Stikes always suck. Let's just hope SAG isn't this stubborn when their contract expires.

Feb 14 - 06:40 AM

Raziel5000

Lee Mountford

They weren't being stubborn, they were holding out to what they were due!!! And if need be I hope the SAG do the same, if whats been offered isn't remotely fair.

Yes, strike suck - always. But some are merited. And I think this one was.

Feb 14 - 09:27 AM

Bob*

bob askins

JLA!JLA!JLA!JLA!JLA!JLA!JLA!JLA!JLA!JLA!JLA!



Sorry people but I DO want to watch that movie =P

Feb 14 - 07:03 AM

TombstoneLawDog

Daniel Klein

to Bob:

let me know if it's eerie, being in an empty theater.

...who am I kidding- nomatter how bad it sucks, this thing will almost certainly own its opening weekend...
Maybe this time can we at least TALK about casting people over the age of 25 for Batman? Can we? Please?

Feb 14 - 07:41 AM

Bob*

bob askins

I have been in empty theatres and is kinda fun =P

hehehe wh who knows? maybe they can rewrite well and cast good actors this time? ^^

Feb 14 - 10:30 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

You wanna talk about being in empty theaters? Try Double Team circa 1997, or End of Days on Thanksgiving of '99. Two of my all time worst, most misguided movie-going experiences ever.

Feb 14 - 03:26 PM

kubla

Steve Khang

FINALLY.

*Sigh* All this season's DVD sets are gonna suck royally. And I bet ya, they are gonna try to charge full price for a "complete" season of a whopping 10 episodes for every show.

Feb 14 - 09:23 AM

Raziel5000

Lee Mountford

They weren't being stubborn, they were holding out to what they were due!!! And if need be I hope the SAG do the same, if whats been offered isn't remotely fair.

Yes, strike suck - always. But some are merited. And I think this one was.

Feb 14 - 09:27 AM

hunch51984

Jason Reneau

just glad it's over and everyone is happy now maybe we'll get some good stuff out of it.

Feb 14 - 09:38 AM

Bob*

bob askins

I have been in empty theatres and is kinda fun =P

hehehe wh who knows? maybe they can rewrite well and cast good actors this time? ^^

Feb 14 - 10:30 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

You wanna talk about being in empty theaters? Try Double Team circa 1997, or End of Days on Thanksgiving of '99. Two of my all time worst, most misguided movie-going experiences ever.

Feb 14 - 03:26 PM

dahluzz

joe shmo

OK, Giles, please tell me this is the last time i'll have to look at that god-forsaken "strike' movie poster. please vanquish it back to the realms of obscurity from whence it came.

Feb 14 - 12:54 PM

Jeff Giles

Jeff Giles

You have my word, dahluzz...at least until the actors strike. Then all bets are off.

Feb 14 - 01:00 PM

Jeff Giles

Jeff Giles

You have my word, dahluzz...at least until the actors strike. Then all bets are off.

Feb 14 - 01:00 PM

AquaFina

Dominic Iseli-Smith

I want Scrubs back.

Feb 14 - 01:46 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

You wanna talk about being in empty theaters? Try Double Team circa 1997, or End of Days on Thanksgiving of '99. Two of my all time worst, most misguided movie-going experiences ever.

Feb 14 - 03:26 PM

Ender7406

Andrew Raine

HA HA HA!!! DENNIS RODMAN AND JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME RULE THE BIG SCREEN!!!

Feb 14 - 05:54 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

lol lol lol. Fu ck you, Ender. lol!! Makin' fun of me... ;-)

Feb 14 - 06:53 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

lol lol lol. Fu ck you, Ender. lol!! Makin' fun of me... ;-)

Feb 14 - 06:53 PM

Zenrick

Jared Martin

I hope the Screen Actors Guild strikes so we can replace them with the Film Actors Guild. Matt Damon!

Feb 14 - 10:52 PM

Spiderbash

Tommy Thevenet

Thanks now we can get back to TV shows.

Feb 15 - 04:14 AM

Spiderbash

Tommy Thevenet

Thanks now we can get back to TV shows.

Feb 15 - 04:16 AM

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