The heads of Hollywood’s eight top television producing companies have sent a message to striking writers: we’re standing together, too.
In an ad that will appear Monday, executives from Fox Group, Paramount Pictures, the Walt Disney Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros., CBS Corp., MGM and NBC Universal make it clear they will not negotiate individually with the Writers Guild of America.
The WGA sent a memo to members Saturday indicating it would attempt Monday to break the negotiating impasse with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers by approaching the major producers individually.
“Different assets … Different Businesses … Different Companies … One Common Goal: To reach a fair and just agreement with writers and get back to work,” reads the ad copy posted at the AMPTP website.
The ad is signed by Fox Group chairman and CEO Peter Chernin; Paramount Pictures Group chairman and CEO Brad Grey, Walt Disney Co. president and CEO Robert Iger; Sony Pictures Group chairman and CEO Michael Lynton; Warner Bros. chairman Barry Meyer; CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves; MGM chairman and CEO Harry Sloan and NBC Universal chairman and CEO Jeff Zucker.