WGA and studios meet for informal discussions

Writers and studio executives issued a joint statement that they will open informal discussions "to determine if there is a basis for both parties to return to formal negotiations," reports Reuters.

Writers and studio executives issued a joint statement that they will open informal discussions “to determine if there is a basis for both parties to return to formal negotiations,” reports Reuters.

WGA said it decided against picketing the Feb. 10 Grammy Awards, and, in an effort to bring “a speedy conclusion to negotiations,” would withdraw two of six issues that the studios demanded they drop on Dec. 7.

In the meantime, TV writers and actors are funneling their creative energies onto the stage. According to Variety, 16 striking TV writers have collaborated on a lineup of short plays featuring TV actors. Profits will go to the Motion Picture and TV Fund, benefiting non-writers affected by the strike.

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