Meet the guild: WGA, Perry in deal


Writers on Tyler Perry's "House of Payne" and "Meet the Browns" received an early Thanksgiving treat.

The WGA and Perry said last week that an agreement has been reached in the five-month negotiations over having the guild rep writers on the two shows.

Details of the agreement were not immediately released. It was the last outstanding union agreement for Perry and his studio, which had brokered deals with IATSE, SAG, the DGA and others.

According to a statement, the NAACP Hollywood Bureau and its executive director, Vic Bulluck, played an integral part in the sides reaching a deal.

"We are pleased to have come to a resolution with the WGA and thank the NAACP for their support during negotiations," Perry said.

In October, the WGA said that four writers involved in an organizing effort for the showrunner's programs were fired. The guild claimed that the problems began in April when the writers — Kellie Griffin, Christopher Moore, Teri Brown-Jackson and Lamont Ferrell — were among seven scribes seeking to negotiate a first WGA contact with Perry's production company, House of Payne. The agreement would give the scribes health-care benefits, pensions and residuals. (partialdiff)
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