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Writer’s Strike Almost Over; Tentative Deal Reached

Posted on February 10, 2008 by

It’s been three months of picketing writers, re-runs and reality shows but all may be right in Hollywood again, according to the writer’s union.

The Writers Guild of America has come to a tentative deal with the studios that could potentially put an end to the strike and have everyone back to work by Monday.

“While this agreement is neither perfect nor perhaps all that we deserve for the countless hours of hard work and sacrifice, our strike has been a success,” the WGA said in a memo to members, CTV.ca reports.

The deal reportedly states that writers will now be paid a maximum rate of $1,200 US for streamed programs for two years. Then, by year three, the writers would get a percentage of the gross that the distributor makes.
If the deal is accepted, some shows could be back this week while other could take several weeks to hit the air.

“The feeling is relief and optimism and excitement,” Hilary Winston, a writer for the NBC sitcom “My Name Is Earl, said according to CTV.ca.
“I hope this deal made this three months worth it.”

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