CBS CEO Les Moonves and Warner Bros. honchos Barry Meyer and Alan Horn sent out can't-we-all-get-along memos to their employees today (Variety, Deadline Hollywood Daily). The memos are almost identical, so there's obviously a lot of coordination here - and they set the stage for the resumption of talks next week between the Writers Guild and the media companies. The basic message is that our differences can be overcome, reflecting a newfound civility by both sides in the past few days. Whether that translates into a deal is quite another thing. Here's a snippet from Moonves's love note:
The producing organizations and the writers who are so integral to our business are both facing the same challenge. We live in a new-media world, and all of us must wrestle with the 21st century realities of our business. Going forward, we must work together to craft a new contract that is fair and keeps our business strong. We believe that a new, fair deal is possible. As an industry, we have done such deals before. We will do them again.