After a Grammy whammy, WGA plans to polish Image

NAACP kudos granted waiver

In the WGA's decision regarding a strike-waiver request for the NAACP Image Awards telecast, the striking writers have decided that the show can go on as planned.

Image Awards organizers will sign an interim work agreement with the WGA, allowing its writers to write a script for the Feb. 14 Fox broadcast from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium, officials said Tuesday. That also will prevent the possibility of a WGA picket line at the site, which could have kept SAG members from participating in the show.

"The NAACP would like to thank the leadership of the WGA and its members for demonstrating their support of the NAACP and its historic mission by granting the NAACP Image Awards an interim agreement," NAACP chairman Julian Bond said.

The decision follows by one day word that the WGA would likely reject any waiver request for CBS' Feb. 10 telecast of the Grammys.

But Tuesday, Recording Academy chief exec Neil Portnow said that producers of the Grammys are seeking an interim work agreement with the WGA in an effort to obtain a waiver. He noted the Grammys are being supported in their request by two entertainment unions.

"The Academy is similarly pleased and gratified that AFTRA and (the American Federation of Musicians), the two unions that have long been the only ones with jurisdiction and representation of the musical talent on the show, stand alongside us in our efforts," Portnow said.

The WGA also refused to grant a waiver for Sunday's Golden Globes.

"The guild examines each request like this individually, and no decision is easy," WGA West president Patric Verrone said. "Our ultimate goal is to resolve this strike by achieving a good contract. Because of the historic role the NAACP has played in struggles like ours, we think this decision is appropriate to jointly achieve our goals."