The Writers Guild of America has finally reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which represents Hollywood studios and streaming executives. Hollywood studio and streaming executives, represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, or AMPTP, have finally reached a
tentative deal with the WGA.“We can say, with great pride,” an email to members reads, “that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.” This result is a testament to the remarkable display of solidarity among entertainment workers, the power of labor unions and public pressure, as well as the dissemination of information via social media.
One social media account, specifically, has been a shining light throughout this ordeal: @ItsMeCarolAMPTP.
The spoof account on X, formerly known as Twitter, has been impersonating AMPTP President Carol Lombardini for the past five months. With over four decades of experience in Hollywood labor disputes,
Lombardini does not appear to have an online social media presence nor a public account on X.Per a
New York Times article profiling the veteran studio negotiator, the low-profile Lombardini has “not given an interview of more than a few words since 2009,” when she was appointed to the presidency. She reportedly declined comment. However, an associate of Lombardini’s told the Times that she has seen the parody account and “is not amused.”)HuffPost has reached out to the real Lombardini and the AMPTP for comment.
For many, the account’s tweets have not only brought laughter and reprieve during a period of strife, but they also exemplify the absurdity and inane rationales of those who prop up corporate greed.
The account — whose creator is unknown — seemingly joined the platform in October 2021. @ItsMeCarolAMPTP has been verified in August thanks to the changes made by X owner Elon Musk. The account’s
in May echoed the rhetoric from first tweetWarner Bros. CEO David Zaslav and said, “not seeing any picket signs that say ‘attitude of gratitude.'”not seeing any picket signs that say “attitude of gratitude”
criticized throughout the strike for biased reporting on negotiation updates. The aforementioned outlets were acquired by Penske Media Corp. in January, after it acquired Dick Clark Productions – a member AMPTP. )Just last week, the Carol Lombardini impersonator tweeted, “walking into work, reflecting on … how this mob of weird unruly nerds never bent or wavered no matter what we told Deadline to print.”
As the general public mourned over
Drew Barrymore’s fall from grace, it was none other than @ItsMeCarolAMPTP who applauded and stood by her. “Love and light for @DrewBarrymore!” There’s nothing you can do. Your hands are tied!” they wrote. The parody account @ItsCarolAMPTP, quoting an image of the WGA negotiating committee from writer-director Eric Haywood, wrote: “These people ruined my life.” The parody account
wrote that “these people ruined me life.” Using an image of the WGA negotiation committee by writer-director Eric Haywood. Now if you will excuse us, we have to go to work !!!!!! https://t.co/aIcLv9cutr— Carol Lombardini (@ItsMeCarolAMPTP)
After all is said and done, we might have to take you up on that, “Carol.”Extending an invitation