Weinstein Co. Makes Deal with Guild Writers
UPDATED: Following last week's UA agreement with the striking WGA, The Weinstein Company has completed a deal with striking writers.
Weinstein Company, one of Hollywood's biggest independent film
companies, has completed a separate agreement with striking writers,
according to Harvey Weinstein, the company's co-founder.
Weinstein said Thursday that his New York-based company had come to
terms with the writers guilds on a deal similar to the one reached last
week by United Artists, the first independent movie company to reach an
interim contract with the writers, who have been on strike since Nov. 5.
"We need to get people back to work," Weinstein said of the
agreement. He said the alliance of executives of the major film and
television companies — which broke off talks with the writers guilds
last month — had reacted "negatively" to his decision to reach an
independent agreement. But Weinstein said he felt an obligation to help
break the logjam that has shut down much of the entertainment industry.
According to Weinstein, the deal contains provisions that will allow
it to be superseded by any agreement ultimately reached with the major
companies through their bargaining group, the Alliance of Motion
Picture and Television Producers.[/q]
The Weinstein Co., one of Hollywood's largest independent film producers, says it expects to reach a deal with striking Hollywood writers that will allow the company to resume production.
The company was anticipating that an agreement with the Writers Guild of America would be signed by the end of Thursday, Weinstein Co. spokesman Matthew Frankel said.
The deal would be the second reached with big-screen producers. United Artists reached an agreement with the guild Monday to resume production.
The guild previously agreed to a deal with Worldwide Pants, the company that makes David Letterman's late-night TV show.