Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on April 14, 2017.
Negotiations for a new WGA film and TV contract recessed Friday in observance of the Good Friday holiday. The talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will resume on Monday and are expected to continue throughout the week as the WGA East and West begin polling their members for the authorization to call a strike if negotiations fail to produce a fair contract by May 1, when their current contract expires.
The main issues are more pay for TV writers and a rescue of the WGA’s failing Health Plan, which faces projected deficits of $145 million over the next three years.
The talks began on March 13 and then stalled after two weeks, with each side accusing the other of walking away from the bargaining table first. Nogiations resumed on Monday after a two-week hiatus. The guild’s current contract expires at midnight May 1. …