Actors to boycott Golden Globe Awards

January 5th, 2008 - 4:35 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Jan 5(ANI): Screen Actors Guild (SAG) has officially announced that none of the 70 actors nominated for a Golden Globe would attend the ceremonies following the Writers Guild of Americas (WGA) strike campaign.

The Globes has been in mayhem after WGA refused to give up the strike to Globes producer Dick Clark Prods that offered to accept the same terms as David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants banner.

SAG president Alan Rosenberg made the announcement recently.

“After considerable outreach to Golden Globe actor nominees and their representatives over the past several weeks, there appears to be unanimous agreement that these actors will not cross WGA picket lines to appear on the Golden Globe Awards as acceptors or presenters,” Variety quoted Rosenberg, as saying.

“We applaud our members for this remarkable show of solidarity for striking Writers Guild of America writers,” he added.

Dick Clark Prods. issued a statement in response to the contention saying
that they have been in constant talks with the WGA but they are refusing to bargain.

“Dick Clark Productions has reached out to the WGA on numerous occasions, from the very beginning of the WGA strike, and offered to enter into an interim agreement similar to the agreement reached by Worldwide Pants on behalf of the “Late Show with David Letterman” for the “Golden Globe Awards” — as well as all of our other programs, the statement read.

We are disappointed that the WGA has refused to bargain with us in good faith. It is apparent that we are being treated differently from similarly situated production companies.

WGA West president Patric Verrone appreciated SAGs efforts and blamed big media corporations for creating the ruckus.

“We are grateful to our brothers and sisters in SAG for their continued solidarity and support,” Verrone said.

“The entire awards show season is being put in jeopardy by the intransigence of a few big media corporations. We urge the conglomerates to return to the bargaining table they abandoned and negotiate a fair and reasonable deal with writers to put this town back to work,” he added.

Rosenberg said that they are urging its members to appear on the two Worldwide Pants shows - “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Late Show with Craig Ferguson” but avoid other shows.

“Actors who are asked to appear on the struck network talk shows will have to cross WGA picket lines, creating the same situation that has led to the consensus among actors to skip the golden Globes,” Rosenberg said.

“As I have said since this strike began on November 5th, we must stand united with our brothers and sisters at the WGA, he added. (ANI)

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