Tuesday, November 13, 2007

WGA Leadership Condemns Soap Defections

Defections by multiple writers on CBS soap "The Young and the Restless" drew a stern response from Writers Guild of America leadership Tuesday.

“They are only prolonging the strike,” WGA East spokeswoman Sherry Goldman said. “They will never be full members of the Writers Guild again.”

According to a report Tuesday in Variety, a senior writer on a Y&R (Josh Griffith?) informed WGA leadership of plans to cross the picket line and return to work, and others on the soap, as well as a writer on NBC’s "Days of Our Lives", are considering the same action.

The writers will be covered under the “salary statute” of their contract and they cannot lose their jobs, but they will forgo all other Guild benefits.

Daytime soap operas are in a particularly difficult position as the genre struggles to maintain a foothold in a fragmented media landscape. NBC has shunted "Passions" to a satellite channel on DirecTV, and "Days of Our Lives" may not be long for the network.

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