Lonergan Says Creative Control is a Vital Point in WGA Contract Talks

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by  on February 26, 2017.

“I don’t think anyone should strike now.”
That was Manchester by the Sea screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan’s response tonight in the Oscar press room when asked about the looming threat of another WGA strike as the labor union sits down with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to hammer out a new film/TV contract on March 13.
“We want to get as much as we can for ourselves without screwing anybody else,” he said backstage at the Dolby Theatre. “But I like to see negotiations for more creative control for screenwriters working in the studio system. Creative control is still the bottom rung when it comes to working in the studio system. … It would be nice if that could change,” said Lonergan who won Best Original Screenplay tonight for his movie Manchester by the Sea. …

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