Writers Reach 'Tentative Deal' With Producers

If scribes approve, strike could be over by Monday
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2008 10:57 AM CST
Striking film and television writers picket outside Paramount Studios, Jan. 23, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Writers Guild of America has reached a "tentative deal” for a new 3-year contract with producers, the Wall Street Journal reports. While it's not perfect, "the time has come to accept this contract and settle the strike," the guild wrote in an overnight note to members. Writers will debate the deal today before a likely vote by their negotiating committee tomorrow. They could be back to work by Monday.

The tentative deal, which includes minimum pay increases and compensation for work used on the web, is based on a similar one brokered last month between the studios and the Directors Guild of America, Bloomberg says. In a letter to its members, WGA officials acknowledged the 3-month strike has taken an “enormous personal toll” but called it a “success.”