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News Release: January 16, 2008
WGA and Spyglass Entertainment Announce Independent Agreement

LOS ANGELES -- The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has reached a comprehensive independent agreement with Spyglass Entertainment. The company finances, produces, and distributes theatrical motion pictures, including some of the most successful films of recent years, including The Sixth Sense, Shanghai Noon, Bruce Almighty, Seabiscuit, Memoirs of a Geisha, and the upcoming 27 Dresses

“Spyglass Entertainment can now work with the most talented writers in the business - members of the Writers Guilds,” said Patric M. Verrone, president of the Writers Guild of America West, and Michael Winship, president of the writers Guild of America, East, in a joint statement. “We are gratified that the company wants to move forward with us and we can continue to put people back to work.”

Spyglass Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum commented, “We are thrilled to have signed this interim agreement with the WGA, and we look forward to continuing our long association with the best writers in the entertainment industry.” 

The deal reached with Spyglass Entertainment is similar to the deals the WGA recently announced with United Artists, Worldwide Pants, and MRC and addresses the issues important to writers, including New Media.

Spyglass Entertainment was founded by industry veterans Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber. Upcoming for the company are the releases of nine films, including 27 Dresses, starring Katherine Heigl, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, starring Martin Lawrence, The Happening, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Wanted, starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, and Morgan Freeman, The Love Guru, starring Mike Myers, and Four Christmases, starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn.

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) represent writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable, and new media industries in both entertainment and news. For more information about the Writers Guild of America, West, please visit For more information about the Writers Guild of America, East, please visit: