TV Writers Could Strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Studios are racing to put more TV shows and movies into production and to stockpile scripts in case there's a writers' strike. And the prospects for that are appearing more likely.

Talks between Hollywood writers and studios have abruptly broken off for the weekend, dimming hopes of averting a strike that could cripple the television industry.

The Writers Guild of America has been in talks since July with studios represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Negotiations lasted only about an hour yesterday and are not scheduled to resume until Tuesday.

Each side accuses the other of intransigence. The writers' contract expires October 31st.

Guild negotiators say one of the sticking points is a proposal to delay paying residuals on movies and TV shows until producers have recouped their costs. The guild says its members "will not stand for that."


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