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TV and film writers strike underway

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LOS ANGELES, CA - Picketing by members of the television and film writers union is underway in New York after the union failed to reach a deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The walkout began at midnight after a last-ditch, 11-hour negotiating session failed to produce an agreement.   

Noisy demonstrators, complete with a giant, inflated rat, gathered outside NBC's "Today" show set, shouting, "No contract, no shows!" News writers working on the "Today" show are not part of the strike by the Writers Guild of America. 

The writers want more money from the sale of DVDs and a share of revenue generated by the sale of TV shows and films over the Internet. The studios say the demands are unreasonable and will hamper attempts to experiment with new media. 

The walkout will impact late-night talk shows first, then daytime talk shows and soap operas. Studios have stockpiled movie scripts and prime-time TV has completed shows in hand to last until early next year.    

 

 

 

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