Hollywood bracing for writers' strike as deadline looms

Bracing? Who cares?

"LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Hollywood writers and producers were locked in negotiations Wednesday to head off a potentially damaging strike threatening to halt film and television production.

A mediator was sitting in on talks between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in an effort to hammer out an agreement before the current contract expires at midnight.

“Negotiations are ongoing. We are expecting another long day of talking,” a spokeswoman for the union told AFP.

Writers are seeking a greater share of residual profits from television series sold on DVDs as well as pay schedules for programs shown on the Internet, cellular phones and other new media outlets."


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