NY indie film community, WGA sign deal


MUMBAI: The New York City independent film community will once again be a thriving community. Some of the city’s leading independent film companies reached interim agreements with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW), enabling them to resume business immediately. Agreements have been signed with GreeneStreet Films, Killer Films, Open City Films, and This is that corporation.


“The independent film community in New York helped revitalize the motion picture industry with its boisterous originality, drive and resourcefulness. The interim agreements these companies have signed with the Writers Guilds are a reaffirmation of their dedication to great writing, bold innovation and good old fashioned, New York City street smarts,” said WGAE president Michael Winship.


“The unity between writers on both coasts has been steadfast, and these agreements are a tribute to that enduring solidarity,” emphasized WGAW president Patric M. Verrone.


“We are thrilled that the WGA was immediately open to negotiating an interim agreement with our four East Coast independent production companies,” said Open City Films’ Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente, also representing GreeneStreet Films and Killer Films. “We would like to thank the Guild for their thoughtfulness during the discussions. The companies, known for their support of groundbreaking independent films, were glad to show their support for the WGA during this difficult time.”


The interim agreements signed with these New York City independent film companies are similar to agreements the WGA recently reached with Lionsgate, RKO Productions, Marvel Studios, The Weinstein Company, United Artists, Film Department, Intermedia, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Spyglass Entertainment, MRC, Jackson Bites, Mandate Films, and Worldwide Pants.