Hollywood strikes near end

Could the Hollywood strikes be coming to a close?

The end of the Hollywood writers’ strike may finally be in sight, after picketing first began in November last year.

After cancelling the Golden Globes awards ceremony, closing production of some of the top US shows and a loss of billions of dollars for the industry, the ten-week-old Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike could be on the brink of a resolution.

British director Michael Apted lifted spirits by announcing that the Guild had reached a provisional agreement on the terms of its new contract.

If the new agreement is signed, the WGA will be coerced into ending its strike and agreeing to similar terms, meaning the Oscars ceremony next month could be saved from the same fate as the Golden Globes.

The critical point of the Directors Guild of America statement made last night was that a formula had been uncovered whereby members would be paid for TV episodes and movies ‘streamed’ on the internet.

‘Two words describe this agreement – groundbreaking and substantial,’ said Gil Cates, chairman of the Directors Guild of America’s negotiating committee.

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