So Tom Cruise's mini-major movie studio, United Artists, has apparently signed an independent deal with the WGA, per Nikki Finke's website.
Great news for the WGA. Now not only an independent and very small television production company has signed on, but a legit studio. Writers can pitch movies. Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner will have their pick of the spec script litter. What's more, UA is a member organization of the AMPTP, while David Letterman's Worldwide Pants was not.
Come Monday (or perhaps as soon as tomorrow), the AMPTP will release a statement that UA only deals with movies, and thus has no concerns about the reality and animation jurisdictional issues that were part of its rationale for leave negotiations/ultimatum to the WGA on December 7th.
WGA needs to keep the momentum of "divide and conquer" going, but it won't really hit it big until one of the conglomerates with movies, TV (studio and/or network), and reality wings signs an interim or independent agreement. I suggest going after CBS Corp, which airs Letterman and Ferguson. Its main business is television, though it is branching into film. CBS Corp signing with the WGA would give it a clear advantage versus competitors by allowing CBS the network to have a pilot season (at least with CBS Corp produced scripts). Which works out even better for the conglom because it would be produced internally so all sorts of costs could be cut (or at least shuffled around the balance sheet).
Another option would be DreamWorks Animation (I'm not certain if a deal could be made with DreamWorks, which is both films and television, as it is "just" a pod at Paramount).
Goodness, how I love it when oligopolies stop colluding.
... my opinion of Tom Cruise hasn't really improved as dramatically as the subject line might suggest... but I might actually seek out Lions For Lambs now.