Striking Writers with pilots pending write letter to AMPTP

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On Christmas Eve, a letter signed by 127 striking writers with pilots pending was emailed to CEOs and almost 200 studio and network TV development execs of the AMPTP.


The letter was acquired by LA Weekly: "These execs are our partners in these projects so we wanted to reach out in an effort to get the AMPTP back to the table while there is still a chance of getting pilot season back on track. We did our best to contact all the writers with pilots, but some were out of town or out of reach, so this does not represent ALL the writers with pilots — only those we were able to reach who agreed to be included. This was done with the blessing and support of the WGA, but not through the WGA."

Read the letter:

Dear (studio/network exec),

‘Tis the season. Pilot season. We, the pilot writers, feel the loss of our ongoing creative partnership, and in the spirit of the holidays, we wanted to offer our help in getting the ’08-’09 crop of television shows back on track. We’re willing to write silent night after silent night to make up for lost time if your company will only finalize a fair deal with the WGA. To do that, talks must resume. Our guild is ready and eager. We feel that what our guild is asking is more than reasonable, and we believe that you, as our partner in these new shows, know our value and know that what we are asking is not excessive.

We love our new projects. We want to create great television which would put everyone back to work and ensure prosperity for all. We know we would all like to start the new year getting back to doing what we love. If there is any way you can facilitate this process, we would be eternally grateful.

Sincerely,

[ 127 names listed in the LA Weekly posting ]


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