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In the Guild's complaint, it asserts "that Nickelodeon illegally reduced the benefits of writers on the television show Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius in retaliation for their activities in seeking WGAw representation."
To help promote its position, the Guild has put out a press release which includes the following quote:
"This action by Nickelodeon is the latest round in the company's escalating efforts to deny the benefits of the guild's contract to these writers," said Paul Nawrocki, Assistant Executive Director of the WGAw. "These writers are seeking the basic rights that artists in this industry gained 60 years ago. Viacom owns a number of other companies that are signed to the guild's MBA, and, if necessary, we will carry this struggle into those unionized sectors of the company."
The Guild further claims that its unfair labor charges, "followed a Writers Guild petition for certification of representation with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board after Nickelodeon Animation Studios ignored a demand for recognition by the writers of six Nickelodeon animated programs (Invader Zim, SpongeBob SquarePants, Constant Payne, Hey Arnold!, Fairly Odd Parents and Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius). An overwhelming majority of the writers on the six shows have signed authorization cards designating the Writers Guild as their collective bargaining representative."
The Writers Guild
of America, west represents 8,500 writers in the motion picture, broadcast,
cable and new media industries. It has successfully organized the writers
of every network primetime animation program and is expanding its efforts
to provide representation for animation writers in the cable industry.
Ninja Turtles Update
The CGI movie is being produced by John Woo and Terence Chang of Digital Rim Entertainment. It isn't expected to be complete until 2004. Meanwhile, the 2D animated TV series is expected to begin airing around 2003, which will be the approximate time that the video games will launch and the miniseries will air. The dark miniseries will feature CGI turtles interacting with live action characters.
Rainbow Studios, at
one time producing a full CGI movie called Blue Planet, is said to be
on board to help with the CGI for movie.
In addition to the movie, CineGroupe is also creating a Pinocchio 3001 video game that sticks closely to the movie's story. The game requires players to help Pinocchio escape his captors in a bumper car repair shop hidden underneath an amusement park. The team is using, in part, NDLs NetImmerse to aid in the development and rendering of the projects.
Digital Media FX is working on securing images of Pinocchio 3001.
News Link of the
Day - Spielberg Terrified of Intelligent Computers
says he is terrified of computers developing minds of their own. Spielberg
told German magazine Cinema his latest film, Artificial Intelligence,
is a warning against irresponsible development of science..."
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