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WGA strike: No end in sight

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Seth_l While people like SNL‘s Seth Meyers (pictured) continue to walk the picket lines, talks between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture

and Television Producers resumed this morning for the fourth day in a row. But the quagmire is far from being over. In a letter sent to its members earlier today, the WGA addressed back-channel rumors floating around the industry that “one or

more of the companies are prepared to throw away the spring and fall TV season,

plus features, and prolong the strike,” and suggested that if true, it would explain the

AMPTP’s “refusal to put any new proposals, even a bad one, on the table.” The

AMPTP responded with an e-mail of its own this afternoon, citing “factual

mistakes” in the WGA letter, like a claim by the writers that they have been at the negotiating table every day, ready to bargain. ”The WGA’s organizers actually spend relatively little time at the

negotiating table,” the AMPTP letter claims. “The WGA’s organizers sought a four-day break, and when

they returned, sessions that were supposed to begin at 10:00 a.m. often did not

start until after lunchtime.”

Negotiations also hit a snag on Wednesday when, in addition to continuing the discussion over new media, the WGA revisited the issue of having reality TV and animation writers covered under the contract. Given that

the latter issue has long been a non-starter for the AMPTP, introducing it now

likely isn’t helping move matters along.

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