Hollywood’s Indigenous Writers Speak Out

This open letter, released yesterday by members of the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) Native American and Indigenous Writers’
Committee (NAIWC), speaks for itself, and very powerfully, as you will see.

Please read it.

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Latest Update Re WGA vis a vis CAA and WME

Just in case you haven’t figured out the acroynyms, we’re talking about the ongoing negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the two large talent agencies who still haven’t signed an agreement that would let them represent WGA writers…like just about every other agency in the wonderful world of showbiz, large and small, has.

September 30, 2020
Dear Members,

We are writing to provide you with another update on where we stand in our negotiations with the remaining unfranchised agencies. In short: our conversations continue. read article

Have a Movie Idea? Netflix is Now Looking for Aspiring Writers

Speaking of opportunities (as we were yesterday) here’s a piece about Netflix’s latest search for new writers.

To be honest, after the way Netflix closed out noobs in favor of going to old pros for its streaming shows, we aren’t sure how genuine their interest is.

On the other hand, Ron Howard and Brian Glazer are involved, and LB’s wife, Gwen the Beautiful, met Ron and his wife at a party a few years ago and was impressed by how real they were, so this could be the Real Deal. Here’s the deets. read article

WGAW President David A. Goodman in Response to the Murder of George Floyd and Protests

Statement from WGAW President David A. Goodman

Los Angeles – Writers Guild of America West President David A. Goodman [yesterday] issued the following statement in response to the murder of George Floyd and protests that have erupted across the nation:

“Yesterday, police fired rubber bullets at peaceful demonstrators near the location of WGAW headquarters in Los Angeles while the U.S. President tweeted anger and outrage at his political opponents and the free press. As demonstrations continue today across America, our union stands with those who peacefully protest the racist, extrajudicial murders of George Floyd and other Black people. We must see an end to institutional white supremacy and the militarization of our police departments. Staying silent during this crisis is not an option. National outrage about bigotry, discrimination, and injustice is the only way we will ever see real change.”

The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) is a labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio, and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national, and international levels. For more information on the WGAW, please visit: www.wga.org.