Talks between writers, studios stall

first_imgThe sticking points include a proposal to delay paying residuals on movies and TV shows until producers have recouped their costs, guild negotiators said. The guild also is proposing doubling payments on profits made from DVD sales and providing union pay and benefits to writers working in reality television and on basic cable shows. The two sides also remain far apart when it comes to setting pay for reality TV shows, and for work distributed online and to portable devices such as cell phones. LOS ANGELES – Talks between Hollywood writers and studios abruptly broke off for the weekend, dimming hopes of averting a strike that could cripple the television industry. The Writers Guild of America has been in talks since July with studios represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Negotiations lasted only about an hour on Friday and were not scheduled to resume until Tuesday. In statements Friday, each side accused the other of intransigence and expressed frustration at the sluggish pace of negotiations. The writers’ contract expires Oct. 31. Studios and TV networks have accelerated filming of shows and movies and begun stockpiling scripts in case of a strike. The last strike in 1988 lasted 22 weeks, and losses to the industry were put at $500 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgWith the first phase of homes almost all sold, developers of the innovative energy efficient homes at Rann Mor Meadow are preparing to begin the development of the second phase of homes at the estate.Rann Mor Meadow has been an overwhelmingly success so far, with the energy efficient specifications proving to be a hit with buyers. The property market is slowing getting back on its feet, and this is reflected in the success of the Rann Mor Meadow project.The prices being at their current level must also have contributed to the success so far.Most commentators would agree that these homes are actually an attractive investment when you look at the high specifications that’s on offer for the prices that are being offered.Buyers are taking the opportunity and are buying in at a very low point in the market which will surely represent a great investment in a few years to come. Developed by the highly reputable GDC Ireland (Limited) the homes have been warmly received by buyers, especially new home-owners aware of the cost saving benefits of the homes.It’s been estimated that the new homes which are the only ‘A’ rated energy efficient homes in Letterkenny will cost less than €1 a day in heating costs.Donegal Daily visited the development during the week, and we couldn’t help but be impressed by the quality of home on show.While the energy efficiency is a standout feature on the properties, they also look fabulous.The grounds-work has also been completed outside all of the homes and they really do look fantastic.The location is also a standout feature of the Rann Mor Meadow estate, it’s just a five minute walk from town, and it’s an ideal location to set-up base. Donegal Daily spoke to managing director Daniel Doherty who admitted he’s been absolutely delighted with the public reaction to the first phase of homes at Rann Mor Meadow.While Daniel also admitted there’s been a lot of interest expressed in when phase two of the development gets underway.Daniel told Donegal Daily “We’re absolutely delighted with the reaction so far, almost all of the first phase of homes have been sold, and that’s a remarkable achievement when you consider we still live in a challenging economic climate.“The property market took a battering, but at GDC we knew Energy Efficient homes were the way forward, and thankfully we’ve been proven right. “We’ve been very encouraged with the interest that has been expressed in the second phase of the development which will get underway shortly.“The diggers are due in there next week, so it won’t be long until there’s significant progress being made.For more info on the wonderful homes at Rann Mor Meadow then contact GDC (Ireland) Limited, Kilderry, Muff, Co. Donegal. Tel: 074 9384700.E-mail: of the selling agents Sherry FitzGerald Rainey, Letterkenny, on 074 91 22211 or see MOR MEADOW PREPARING TO BEGIN SECOND PHASE OF DEVELOPMENT was last modified: November 14th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessGDC IrelandnewsNoticesRann Mor Meadowlast_img read more