Directors of the Writers Guild of America meeting in Los Angeles and New York on Sunday, voted unanimously to reject what the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers called its "last" offer for a new three-year contract with about 9,000 motion picture and television writers.
Guild spokesmen at the union's headquarters in West Hollywood said a writers' strike will begin at 9 a.m. today.
The guild had already scheduled "informational picketing" to begin at 10 a.m. today at 20th Century Fox Film Corp. in Century City.
Talks between the guild negotiators and about 200 movie and TV companies represented by the alliance had continued throughout the weekend at alliance headquarters in Sherman Oaks.
Last week, guild members overwhelmingly authorized their directors to call a strike after union negotiators recommended that members reject what the producers had previously called a final contract offer. The writers' previous contract expired a week ago today. Major points in dispute include payments for TV programs sold overseas; residual payments on syndicated reruns of one-hour episodes of TV series; so-called "overscale" payments for scripts, and "creative rights" giving writers more control over the results of their work.