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Writers and producers in ''informal talks''

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A letter from the WGA was sent out to its membership yesterday — and in media speak, talk about burying the lead. Four paragraphs into the letter, there are three very important sentences: “For more than a month we have been urging the media conglomerates to return to the table and bargain in good faith.  Now that negotiations with the DGA are finished, the AMPTP has reached out to us to begin informal talks. We are committed to moving the process forward to achieve the best contract possible.”

It’s unclear which side made the concession — but it could mean that we are one step closer to seeing Tina Fey order meatball sandwiches with extra bread again. But be patient: It could be a couple more weeks at least before the writers have a chance to study the tentative DGA deal and decide whether they can abide by similar terms.

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