Both Sides Break Silence Amid Writers Strike, Revealing Still-Wide Gap Between Them

What You Should Have Read, Nov. 30, 2007

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Secret Is Out: Gap Still Big in Bargaining
The Los Angeles Times reports that four days into negotiations many had hoped would end a costly strike, negotiators for the studios and writers reversed their pledge to keep talks secret. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers issued a statement touting a "groundbreaking" new contract proposal it valued at more than $130 million in additional compensation "above and beyond the more than $1.3 billion writers already receive each year." The Writers Guild of America, also breaking its silence, immediately shot back and dismissed the studios' proposal as mere hype. "It amounts to a massive rollback," the WGA said in a letter to its members that was simultaneously released to the media. The communication moratorium was designed to make it easier for both sides to focus on finding a way out of the strike, now in its fourth week.
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