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.