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Writers Strike Is History!

February 13, 2008

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Striking Hollywood writers are going back to work.

Writers Guild members picket Friday. The guild Sunday decided to have members vote on ending the strike.

The Writers Guild of America said its members voted Tuesday to end their devastating, three-month strike that brought the entertainment industry to a standstill.

Writers will be back on the job Wednesday after voting in Beverly Hills and New York.

“At the end of the day, everybody won,” Leslie Moonves, chief executive officer of CBS Corp., told The Associated Press.

“It was a fair deal and one that the companies can live with, and it recognizes the large contribution that writers have made to the industry.”

Moonves was among the media executives who helped broker a deal after talks between the guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents studios, collapsed in acrimony in December.

Residuals for TV shows and movies distributed online was the most contentious issue in the bitter dispute involving the 12,000-member union and the world’s largest media companies and other producers.

Under a tentative contract approved Sunday by the union’s board of directors, writers would get a maximum flat fee of about $1,200 for streamed programs in the deal’s first two years and then get 2 percent of a distributor’s gross in year three.

“These advances now give us a foothold in the digital age,” said Patric Verrone, president of the West Coast guild. “Rather than being shut out of the future of content creation and delivery, writers will lead the way as television migrates to the Internet.”  

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