Hollywood Writers Guild to vote to end strike

February 11th, 2008 - 1:31 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Feb 11 (ANI): The Writers Guild of America (WGA), has offered hope to the crippled movie and TV production and possibly cleared the way for the Oscars, by moving towards a resolution of its 3-month-old strike.

Guild leaders have decided to recommend a tentative contract to members and ask them to vote on a quick end to the strike.

Membership meetings will be held in New York and Los Angeles on Feb 12, Tuesday, to decide whether the strike should be brought to a speedy end, said Patric Verrone, president of the guild’s West Coast branch.

He added that after Tuesdays membership votes, screenwriters and TV scribes could return to work on Feb 13, Wednesday, if the referendum on lifting the strike passes as expected.

Balloting will be in-person at the WGA Theatre in Los Angeles and the Crowne Plaza Hotel in New York.

No mail balloting will be conducted because of the accelerated procedures, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

After those votes are counted, members will be informed about the results by e-mail, possibly as late as midnight.

Once the strike is lifted, the WGA West and WGA East would conduct more conventional membership votes on passing their proposed new three-year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers.

Guild officials estimated that this process would last 10-12 days.

The strike shut down production of TV comedies and dramas and disrupted moviemaking and the Hollywood awards season. Last months usually star-studded Golden Globes ceremony was scrapped after actors refused to cross WGA picket lines. (ANI)

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