Writers Vote to End Strike

Strike ends after three months of negotiations
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2008 11:14 PM CST
Patrick Varrone, president of Writers Guild of America West, announces the the strike against the Hollywood studios is over after the union members voted in favor of ending the 3-month long strike at...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Members of the Writers Guild of America voted today to end a three-month strike that shut down more than 60 TV shows and cost networks tens of millions of dollars, the Los Angeles Times reports. The new contract gives writers residual payments for shows streamed online and rights for online programming. Studios had originally proposed a multiyear study rather than paying writers residuals.

“Writers will lead the way as TV migrates to the Internet and platforms for new media are developed,” says a WGA executive. But the deal doesn’t grant all the writers’ wishes; negotiators had hoped to shorten the period before residuals start.
“It’s a good deal, but not a great one,” says a former associate counsel for the WGA.