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Writers Guild, Producers Try Again on Contract Negotiations

March 24, 1998|JAMES BATES

Representatives of the Writers Guild of America on Monday sat down to negotiate again with producers for the first time since members narrowly rejected a previously negotiated contract last fall.

Included in these talks are representatives of the guild's Western and Eastern factions, which have been in a bitter feud since members of the Eastern group torpedoed a contract that their Western counterparts had approved.

The two sides, which have held a series of meetings over the last several weeks, will now take a stab at trying to negotiate a new contract. The current accord expires May 1.

In a letter to members, Daniel Petrie Jr., president of the Writers Guild West, said the new proposals to be discussed are limited to two broad areas: residuals, especially for work appearing in foreign markets and on cable TV, and various creative issues that include such things as credits, rewrites and a writer's right to view early cuts of a film.

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