Writers' Strike Talks Collapse

Producers walk out after union pushes on reality TV writers, web revenues
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2007 6:14 AM CST
Protesters listen to speeches at a labor rally supporting the Writers Guild strike in New York's Washington Square Park, Tuesday, Nov., 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The prospects for an end to the Hollywood writers' strike turned grim last night, as producers walked out on tense talks with writers, vowing not to return to the negotiating table until writers cave on six of their demands. The two sides remain so far apart that the strike may drag on for months, the Wall Street Journal reports.

At issue in this week's talks were the writers' attempt to bring reality TV writers under the umbrella of their union and to receive a share of profits from Internet distribution of their work. Studios lambasted the writers' strategy as a "quixotic pursuit of radical demands;" writers countered that the studios are the "intransigent" ones.