Negotiations Resume in Hollywood Writers Strike
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26, 2007 (KABC-TV) -- Hollywood writers and producers resumed contract talks Monday morning at an undisclosed location.
As negotiations resumed so did the picketing. Some picketers started outside Warner Bros. studio in Burbank at 6 a.m. after taking a long holiday weekend.
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) went on strike on Nov. 5 over payment for work aired on the Web. Writers want more money when TV shows and films are sold on internet Web sites such as iTunes.
Studios, networks and producers, represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, say it's too early to know which business model will succeed on the Web. They say they want flexibility to experiment without having to be locked into payment formulas.
The WGA has already shut down several shows, which was their intention, and forced them into reruns far sooner than networks had anticipated. It's safe to say that everybody wants to get back to work.
Governor Schwarzenegger has already stressed how vital it is for work to resume for California's economy.
Both sides were back at the table Monday and picketers were out in full force. The WGA says it will continue to strike until a compromise is reached.
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