Hollywood writers back new deal

Hollywood writers approve new contract

Hollywood writers have voted in their droves to approve the contract that ended their three-month strike.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) said nearly 94% of its 4,000 members who voted had ratified the new pay deal.

The new policy will ensure writers are paid for content sold on new media platforms such as the internet and DVD.

The three-month strike brought TV and film production to a stand-still, derailed the Golden Globe awards and very nearly killed off this year’s Oscar ceremony.

The new deal runs from 2008 to 2011 and provides writers with a fee of up to $1,200 (£604) for programmes streamed on the internet for the first two years, and 2% of a distributor’s gross sales in the third year, according to the Associated Press news agency.

WGA West President Patric Verrone said: ‘This contract is a new beginning for writers in the digital age.’

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