The Writers Guild of America and the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers each issued optimistic statements on Wednesday about their current negotiations, with the writers calling Wednesday's talks "substantive" and the studios saying that it appeared the two sides were finding common ground on the issue of payment for programs distributed on the Internet. However, L.A. Weekly columnist Nikki Finke, who has been closely following the negotiations on her Inside Hollywood Today website, suggested that producers were taken aback when the WGA introduced another issue before the matter of Internet payment was resolved -- a demand for jurisdiction over story editors and producers of reality TV shows, many of whom are already represented by another union, IATSE. Finke wrote that "network CEOs expressed disbelief and anger that the WGA would try to put Reality TV on the table today. I swear one mogul was going to have a coronary, sputtering as he charged that today's talks were 'going backwards.'"




06/12/2007