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Battlestar Galactica Webisode Dispute

MSNBC/Newsweek is reporting a dispute between the network and the writers of the Battlestar Galactica webisodes:

NBC Universal, the studio behind “Battlestar,” refused to pay residuals or credit the writers of these “Webisodes,” claiming they’re promotional materials. So “Battlestar” executive producer Ron Moore said he wouldn’t deliver any more of them, including the 10 that were already in the can. In response, NBC Universal seized the Webisodes and filed charges of unfair labor practices against the Writers Guild of America, which advised Moore and producers of three other NBC Universal shows not to deliver any new Web content until they had a deal over residuals.

The stakes are huge: viewers streamed “Battlestar” Webisodes 5.5 million times last month, doubling traffic to within two days of the premiere. By comparison, 2.2 million people showed up for the show’s third-season opener on Oct. 6.

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2 Comments on Battlestar Galactica Webisode Dispute

  1. joshua corning // October 19, 2006 at 10:04 pm //

    to bad for scifi that they didn’t insert a coke ad or something into the webepisode

  2. Knowing nothing about the actual facts here – even if NBC has a valid legal argument, I suspect this can only be a one time thing. From now on the writer’s guild will create contracts that specify that webisodes are exactly the same as other works.

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