Striking screenwriters cancel own awards show

Thu Jan 10, 2008 6:59pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Striking film and television writers on Thursday canceled their own annual awards dinner, saying that no show honoring the best screenplays of 2007 will be held until their labor action has ended.

The Writers Guild of America, West, which is the Los Angeles-based wing of the guild that represents some 10,500 writers, had planned to announce winners of awards for film and television screenplays on February 9.

The WGA on November 5 launched its strike against members of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents major studios, in a contract dispute that hinges on how writers should be paid for work distributed on the Internet.

The walkout has thrown the television industry into disarray, derailed several movie productions and is threatening to spoil the annual year-end awards season.

(Reporting by Bob Tourtellotte; editing by Dan Whitcomb and Eric Walsh)

 
<p>Members of the Writers Guild of America carry picket signs as the strike against television and film producers continues, at an entrance to the NBC television network studios in Burbank, California January 8, 2008. Striking film and television writers on Thursday canceled their own annual awards dinner, saying that no show honoring the best screenplays of 2007 will be held until their labor action has ended. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>