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Jay Leno cleared of strike violations

The WGA West has cleared Jay Leno of violating the guild’s strike rules during the 100-day work stoppage in late 2007-early 2008.

The WGA West issued a message to members detailing the decisions of the trial committees assembled to probe allegations brought by members of strike rule violations during the Nov. 5, 2007-Feb. 12, 2008 walkout. The guild took action against two members, only one of whom was named, and one non-member.

The decisions in the strike rule violation trials closes the book on the ’07-08 strike for the WGA West as far as lingering guild business is concerned. It comes some 18 months after the end of the strike, and about a year before the guild gets ready for another round of undoubtedly tough contract talks with the majors in advance of the May 2011 expiration of its existing, hard-fought minimum basic agreement.

Leno was accused of violating guild rules against writing for struck companies when he returned as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” in early January 2008 after going dark for two months after the strike ensued. Some members brought complaints against Leno for performing a nightly monologues during the six-week stretch when the show was produced sans writers.

Leno was questioned by a WGA West trial committee at length at least once in February (Daily Variety, Feb. 26). The committees consisted of five “rank-and-file” guild members, according to the WGA West. The final decisions on the penalties recommended by the committees were made by the WGA West’s board of directors.

The guild said Tuesday that member Jon Maas was found guilty of “performing writing services during the strike on a one-hour pilot teleplay” and would be assessed a fine equal to 110% of the compensation he received for penning the pilot. Maas’ WGA West membership will be suspended until the fine is paid.

Another member whose name was withheld was found guilty “of refusing to cooperate with the Strike Rules Compliance Committee in connection with an investigation of prohibited writing services alleged to have been performed on (a) film.” The guild said the member would be “reprimanded” but did not elaborate.

David Hensley, a non member, was permanently barred from joining the WGA after having been found guilty of “writing and submitting scripts to a struck company for a daytime serial,” the guild said.

Beyond those three cases, all other members accused of strike rule violations were found not guilty, the WGA West said. The guild did not specify how many members faced trial committee reviews.

Reps for Leno could not immediate be reached late Tuesday.

Source: Variety

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Jay Leno cleared of strike violations

The WGA West has cleared Jay Leno of violating the guild’s strike rules during the 100-day work stoppage in late 2007-early 2008.

The WGA West issued a message to members detailing the decisions of the trial committees assembled to probe allegations brought by members of strike rule violations during the Nov. 5, 2007-Feb. 12, 2008 walkout. The guild took action against two members, only one of whom was named, and one non-member.

The decisions in the strike rule violation trials closes the book on the ’07-08 strike for the WGA West as far as lingering guild business is concerned. It comes some 18 months after the end of the strike, and about a year before the guild gets ready for another round of undoubtedly tough contract talks with the majors in advance of the May 2011 expiration of its existing, hard-fought minimum basic agreement.

Leno was accused of violating guild rules against writing for struck companies when he returned as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” in early January 2008 after going dark for two months after the strike ensued. Some members brought complaints against Leno for performing a nightly monologues during the six-week stretch when the show was produced sans writers.

Leno was questioned by a WGA West trial committee at length at least once in February (Daily Variety, Feb. 26). The committees consisted of five “rank-and-file” guild members, according to the WGA West. The final decisions on the penalties recommended by the committees were made by the WGA West’s board of directors.

The guild said Tuesday that member Jon Maas was found guilty of “performing writing services during the strike on a one-hour pilot teleplay” and would be assessed a fine equal to 110% of the compensation he received for penning the pilot. Maas’ WGA West membership will be suspended until the fine is paid.

Another member whose name was withheld was found guilty “of refusing to cooperate with the Strike Rules Compliance Committee in connection with an investigation of prohibited writing services alleged to have been performed on (a) film.” The guild said the member would be “reprimanded” but did not elaborate.

David Hensley, a non member, was permanently barred from joining the WGA after having been found guilty of “writing and submitting scripts to a struck company for a daytime serial,” the guild said.

Beyond those three cases, all other members accused of strike rule violations were found not guilty, the WGA West said. The guild did not specify how many members faced trial committee reviews.

Reps for Leno could not immediate be reached late Tuesday.

Source: Variety

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Jay Leno cleared of strike violations

The WGA West has cleared Jay Leno of violating the guild’s strike rules during the 100-day work stoppage in late 2007-early 2008.

The WGA West issued a message to members detailing the decisions of the trial committees assembled to probe allegations brought by members of strike rule violations during the Nov. 5, 2007-Feb. 12, 2008 walkout. The guild took action against two members, only one of whom was named, and one non-member.

The decisions in the strike rule violation trials closes the book on the ’07-08 strike for the WGA West as far as lingering guild business is concerned. It comes some 18 months after the end of the strike, and about a year before the guild gets ready for another round of undoubtedly tough contract talks with the majors in advance of the May 2011 expiration of its existing, hard-fought minimum basic agreement.

Leno was accused of violating guild rules against writing for struck companies when he returned as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” in early January 2008 after going dark for two months after the strike ensued. Some members brought complaints against Leno for performing a nightly monologues during the six-week stretch when the show was produced sans writers.

Leno was questioned by a WGA West trial committee at length at least once in February (Daily Variety, Feb. 26). The committees consisted of five “rank-and-file” guild members, according to the WGA West. The final decisions on the penalties recommended by the committees were made by the WGA West’s board of directors.

The guild said Tuesday that member Jon Maas was found guilty of “performing writing services during the strike on a one-hour pilot teleplay” and would be assessed a fine equal to 110% of the compensation he received for penning the pilot. Maas’ WGA West membership will be suspended until the fine is paid.

Another member whose name was withheld was found guilty “of refusing to cooperate with the Strike Rules Compliance Committee in connection with an investigation of prohibited writing services alleged to have been performed on (a) film.” The guild said the member would be “reprimanded” but did not elaborate.

David Hensley, a non member, was permanently barred from joining the WGA after having been found guilty of “writing and submitting scripts to a struck company for a daytime serial,” the guild said.

Beyond those three cases, all other members accused of strike rule violations were found not guilty, the WGA West said. The guild did not specify how many members faced trial committee reviews.

Reps for Leno could not immediate be reached late Tuesday.

Source: Variety

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