Clooney has reportedly offered to set up a strike mediation panel, and he has plans to ask Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and ER producer/writer John Wells to join. News of the offer came during a call with Harvey Weinstein, whose own production company just reached an independent agreement with the striking Writers Guild of America. According to reports, Clooney envisions that the panel's participants would be locked in a room together and not leave until a deal was done.
Hanks, too, has recently called for negotiations to resume, saying: "I just hope that the big guys who make big decisions up high in their corporate boardrooms and whatnot get down to honest bargaining and everyone can get back to work."
This should be Hollywood's finest season, and with the Golden Globes all but canceled and the Oscars in question, maybe some A-list muscle like Clooney and Hanks can do what professional negotiators and government mediators could not. Maybe it's a long shot, but do you think there's a chance Clooney and his panel could get the writers and producers to agree on a fair contract?