Katzenberg Fears Strike By Writers
On a day when Patric M. Verrone, who has worked as a writer on such animated TV shows as Pinky and the Brain, Rugrats, Futurama, and The Simpsons, was reelected president of the Writers Guild of America West, Dreamworks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg conceded Tuesday that he was fearful that a WGA strike will take place after the current contract expires at the end of next month. "I don't think I've ever seen a wider gap in the bid and the ask on where we are today. A lot of it is emotional and rhetorical and a lot of it is substantive," he told a Merrill Lynch conference in Los Angeles Tuesday. Katzenberg said that his company would be able to function normally for about six months if a strike is called.