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Strike Update: Hollywood Optimistic as Some Producers Plan to Return to Work Monday

Update: According to Variety, "WGA West president Patric Verrone confirmed at a Sunday news conference. . . that scribes who also have producing responsibilities on their shows will be allowed to return to work on Monday." The general assumption is that Tuesday night, when the 48-hour voting period ends, the vote will be overwhelmingly in favor of the deal and writers will be back to work on Wednesday.

In today's news conference, Verrone "proclaimed that the deal's the best that the WGA's negotiated in the last 30 years and that the strike was the most successful work stoppage in the United States during the 21st Century." Meanwhile, John Bowman, the negotiating committee chairman, said the strike "was necessary to achieve key gains in jurisdiction over new media and tying new media residuals to distributors gross."

It sounds like they're so confident about the strike ending, they're taking this opportunity to remind people why it was necessary in the first place. It's still not over-over until the votes are counted Tuesday night, but things are looking good (knock on wood)!


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