Guild Honchos Like Deal, Ask Scribes to Vote

Writers could be working Wednesday if they OK accord
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2008 2:53 PM CST
Writers Guild of America East president Michael Winship, right, makes a statement to the media prior to a membership meeting to discuss the latest contract proposal, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008 in New York....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Writers Guild of America board approved a deal with Hollywood studios today and asked writers to vote on it Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reports. More than 10,000 keyboards could be clicking on TV shows, movies, and the Oscars show by Wednesday if scribes OK the deal. Show runners can start work tomorrow to hire crews and prep series for shooting, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Writers at last night's West Coast guild meeting were optimistic about the deal, which grants scribes first-time rights on Internet content and better pay than a recent directors' deal, according to the Hollywood Reporter. But execs won a longer promotional period before Internet residuals start. One soap writer said he was in a mood of "cautious optimism" last night. "There are always sticking points. But are they worth continuing to strike? That's the question." (Read more Hollywood stories.)