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United Artists protect their sci-fi output

08/01/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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United Artists Films have done a deal with the Writers Guild of America to get their scifi movie and TV slate back into action again. This is a one-to-one deal and all the other movie and TV companies are still at war with the union.

The Writers Guild of America and United Artists Films have reached what they describe as a mutually beneficial independent agreement.

While the details are not being disclosed to SFcrowsnest.com, the agreement, they say, addresses the issues important to writers, including New Media.

As a result of this agreement, Writers Guild members will be able to work with United Artists while the strike against other companies continues.

The agreement is specific to United Artists Films and does not involve Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (aka MGM), a shareholder of United Artists Entertainment.

"United Artists has lived up to its name. UA and the Writers Guild came together and negotiated seriously. The end result is that we have a deal that will put people back to work," Patric M. Verrone, president of the Writers Guild of America, West, told SFcrowsnest.com.

"This agreement is important, unique, and makes good business sense for United Artists. In keeping with the philosophy of its original founders, artists who sought to create a studio in which artists and their creative visions could flourish, we are pleased to have reached an agreement with the WGA," added UA co-owner and CEO Paula Wagner to the Nest.

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