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August 2, 1988 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, Times Staff Writer
Dissident members of the striking Writers Guild of America held off their expected return to work because of what they called a "hopeful" conversation Monday with guild leader Brian Walton. Walton advised the group, known as the Writers Coalition, to wait 36 hours before taking any step, individuals familiar with the conversation said. Both Walton and the dissidents declined to comment.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 1988 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
I grew up in an era of labor violence, when strikes were bloody but simpler to understand. At the very simplest level, the song from "Pajama Game"--"Seven-and-a-Half Cents"--said it all. You asked a dime an hour more, were offered a nickel, settled midway between and everybody went back to work. It was seldom quite that simple. In the earliest struggles that I knew about, the right to strike was itself at issue.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 1988 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON
Shortly after the vote to end the writer's strike came through last Sunday, I drove up to a friend's house in Beverly Hills to wish him well on an upcoming trip and chat about the life of the writer in Hollywood.
NEWS
August 5, 1988 | MARY ROURKE, Times Staff Writer
There was a joke circulating through fashion circles during the television writers' strike. It went like this: "You ought to go shopping at the Beverly Center. You can actually find a parking space." If shoppers have had an easier time navigating the city's specialty stores this summer, the writers' strike has had more than a little to do with it.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 1988 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Times Staff Writer
ABC and CBS are moving forward with previously announced plans for "strike-proof" fall programming despite the expected resolution of the writers strike. ABC Entertainment President Brandon Stoddard and CBS Entertainment President Kim LeMasters said they still plan to fill the September and early October prime-time schedules with reruns, movies, variety shows, news specials and reality shows to allow time for the production of their drama and comedy series.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 1988 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, Times Television Critic
Whew! Talk about your close calls. For a while there I thought I'd never get to see another first-run episode of "Mr. Belvedere." Never again to see a fresh "Matlock" would have been unbearable. Never to have known if Blake found Krystle on "Dynasty" would have been torture. Yes, that's right: No more Mr. Nice Guy here. No more sympathy and compassion. It's time to resume the pre-writers strike vicious cheap shots and nasty sarcasm that some of us professional TV observers live for.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 1988 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
With the probability that TV writers will go back to work Monday, "There's going to be a lot of pent-up energy that's going to explode in Hollywood," a top industry analyst said Thursday. But the explosion won't be in the Nielsen ratings.
NEWS
June 24, 1988 | MICHAEL CIEPLY and LEE MARGULIES, Times Staff Writers
By a wide margin, members of the Writers Guild of America voted to reject a producers' contract offer and continue their 16-week-old strike against the motion picture and television industry, the union reported Thursday. Of 3,722 votes cast, 2,789, or 74.9%, were against the contract and 933, or 25.1%, were in favor. Guild officers said the vote signaled a record turnout for the 9,000-member union.
NEWS
June 12, 1988 | From a Times staff writer
Hollywood producers and striking writers recessed their contract talks Saturday night with no definite resumption date, a producers' spokesman said. A spokeswoman for the Writers Guild of America could not be reached. The producers' spokesman declined to give details on the recess, which follows nearly three weeks of marathon bargaining. Negotiators for both sides had met at 4 p.m. Saturday and apparently broke off talks about four hours later.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 1988 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Times Staff Writer
Saying that the 17-week-old walkout by members of the Writers Guild of America strike has reached "a crisis point," NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff vowed Wednesday that, if the strike continues, the network will still begin its fall season with "18 out of 22 hours of original programming" from alternative sources. In a news conference at NBC's Burbank headquarters, Tartikoff said that in the case of a prolonged strike, the No.
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