Writers Strike Ends: A 'Go' For Oscar Voices
Feb. 13, 2008
"If you were employed when the strike began, you should plan to report to work on Wednesday," the Writers Guild of America (WGA) told members late yesterday.
The announcement followed a whopping 92.5% vote by members of the WGA East and West to end the strike that began on Nov. 5.
The contract forged last weekend by the WGA and studios gives writers a foot in the door of paydays from new media income. It's similar to an earlier contract the studios negotiated with directors. And it likely sets a precedent for upcoming talks with actors unions.
Technically, the writers contract must be ratified by members - a process that will take weeks.
But today, it's back to work for them - and the day will surely be consumed by arguments over who won what.
Was the economic pain of the strike worth the gain? This might take years to determine. A Los Angeles Times article discusses The WGA strike's winners and losers.
HAPPY OSCAR VOICES
Yet it's immediate good news for voice talents whom the nation will soon hear on the 80th Annual Academy Awards show, Feb. 24.
The strike's end "means the (show) is a go!" voice actor Caryn Clark writes today in her Hip Chick Voice blog. "My mentor and friend, Randy Thomas, will, for a seventh time, be the live voice-over announcer for the Academy Awards - along with veteran voice-over artist and past Oscar announcer Tom Kane.
"Randy remains the first and only person, male or female, to have announced the Oscars, Tonys and Emmys all in a row," Clark adds. "She's an incredible voice-over talent."
For additional strike news, check the WGA's web site: www.wga.org