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Writers likely back to work this week

Briefs | 02/11/2008 4:43 pm EST

US television and film writers who have been on strike for three months could return to work as early as Wednesday as the Writers Guild of America has confirmed a vote on the issue will be held Tuesday. The WGA has recommended acceptance of a three-year contract, which includes clauses guaranteeing compensation to writers for film and television shows broadcast over the Internet. A vote on the contract itself will be held within 10-14 days. The writers strike, and subsequent shutdown of production on US television series, has presented opportunities for Canadian producers here and abroad. Toronto-based Shaftesbury Films, for instance, recently signed a US distribution deal with NBC for its new show The Listener. To read Shaftesbury chairman and co-CEO Christina Jennings’ take on the impacts of the strike, click here.

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