Deadline Hollywood Daily’s Nikki Finke is reporting that the first day of negotiations between striking writers and the AMPTP yesterday went very well. There were no end-of-day statements from either organization, due to the agreed-upon news blackout, but according to Finke’s source, “It was very productive, very level-headed, and it seemed as though the producers came ready to bargain.”
In fact, the AMPTP reps for the studios and networks showed up to the first day’s negotiating session since the WGA strike began November 5th with what was described to me as “a very comprehensive proposal which laid out to all the entire roadmap to the deal. Over the course of the session, the producers addressed every single issue, and the writers listened and kept getting up to caucus.”
Both sides plan more negotiating sessions not just for Tuesday but also for at least Wednesday. “It’s anyone’s guess where this process goes,” said a source. “Today, they spent time on old business. Tomorrow, they handle new business — and that’s where the rubber can really meet the road.”
This, after Finke quoted an inside source yesterday claiming that there may already be a deal in the works.
“It’s already done, basically,” the insider describes. That’s because of the weeks worth of groundwork by the Hollywood agents working the writers guild leadership on one side, and the studio and network moguls on the other. I was told not to expect an agreement this week. But my source thought it was possible that the strike could be settled before Christmas.
Great news, but is it too good to be true? We sure hope not. A speedy and fair resolution to this strike is at the top of the TV Bacon Christmas wish list.