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New contract up for vote with WGA

February 10, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Union leaders representing striking movie and television writers are recommending approval of a deal with producers to end a three-month-long walkout. Members of the Writers Guild of America were briefed on terms Saturday in New York and Los Angeles. Reaction has been generally positive.

Union board members are to meet today to decide how to proceed. A person familiar with the deliberations says there could be a two-day vote that could have writers back on the job by Wednesday. Formal ratification could take two weeks.

Compensation for projects delivered via the Internet has been a central issue in the dispute. The proposed settlement would give the writers a bigger share of those digital revenues.

East Coast guild president Michael Winship says he's encouraged by his membership's response and says the deal "has a strong chance of going through." The West Coast chief says the deal shows the "strike has been a success."

 

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