More indies announce WGA deals
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NEW YORK - On the eve of a breakthrough writers strike settlement, top New York-based indie producers GreeneStreet Films, Killer Films, Open City Films and This Is That Prods. announced Sunday that they've struck their own interim agreements with the WGA East and WGA West.
Though their impact may be minimal given this weekend's news of an overall settlement, the companies' work to come to separate agreements came from concern over the fragile New York filmmaker ecosystem being disrupted. They also reflect the indie companies' support of the writers from the early stages of the strike.
"Twelve long weeks ago, when AMPAS failed to come to terms with the WGA, the media kept reporting that the writers were striking the producers. Here in the New York indie film community, we felt the writers' contract requests were more than reasonable," said This Is That founders Ted Hope and Anne Carey in a statement. "To come to the WGA, not just as individual companies but as a united producer group, clarifies our support for and our solidarity with the WGA's position."
The deals are the latest in a string of production company and indie studio pacts that have been chipping away at the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers since the strike began. They include such distributors and producers as Lionsgate, RKO Productions, Marvel Studios, The Weinstein Company, United Artists, Film Department, Intermedia, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Spyglass Entertainment, MRC, Jackson Bites, Mandate Films and Worldwide Pants.