Writers, Producers Optimistic as Talks Resume

Hopes high for today's session, say insiders
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2007 9:45 AM CST
Striking writers picket with live sized cut away photos of legendary actors, Marlon Brando, left, and James Dean Monday, Nov 26, 2007, to express their support to members of the Writers Guild of America...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – "Reasonableness ruled the day” during yesterday’s renewed negotiations between producers and striking screenwriters, an insider tells Deadline Hollywood Daily scoop artist Nikki Finke. Producers and writers reviewed the status of proposals outlined Nov. 4 before talks broke off and the strike began, with plans to resume today, when "they really start advancing the ball," says a source.

The location of the meetings is secret, and neither side is issuing end-of-day statements, "because no one wants to be the one to derail any progress,” said an insider. Variety's sources took a gloomier stance; some said the meeting was little more than a publicity stunt, and the unknown distance between the sides' stances was causing worry.