Weinstein Co. Expects Interim Deal With WGA

Posted on January 11, 2008

The Weinstein Co. is expecting to sign an interim deal soon with the WGA according to an article on the Huffington Post.
Terms of the Weinstein deal were not released. But a person familiar with the agreement, speaking on condition of anonymity because it had yet to be completed, said it was similar to the interim deal reached by Worldwide Pants.

A central demand has been compensation for projects distributed on the Internet. Contract talks broke off on Dec. 7.

The studio alliance has downplayed the significance of the United Artists agreement and said "one-off deals" would not lead to a permanent solution of the labor dispute.

Brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein founded Miramax, which became part of the independent film movement in the 1990s and has produced a number of high-grossing movies. The Walt Disney Co. bought Miramax in the early 1990s, but the Weinstein brothers continued to run the studio until 2005, when they left to form the Weinstein Co.

The Weinstein name has been attached to award-winning films including "The English Patient," "Good Will Hunting" and "Chicago."
The Weinstein Co. is an independent film company. Their recent films include The Great Debaters, Awake and The Mist. The WGA also recently signed a side deal with United Artists. These two deals are great news for the WGA. This will put more pressure on the stubborn AMPTP to return to the negotiating table.

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