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Hollywood Writers Call for Strike Against Studios

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Hollywood Writers Call for Strike Against Studios

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Hollywood Writers Call for Strike Against Studios

Hollywood Writers Call for Strike Against Studios

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Unless Hollywood writers and studios reach a deal over the weekend, the Writers Guild of America will strike just after midnight next Monday. That could mean many TV shows will have to revert to re-runs.

The writers and studios are at odds over how much writers should make in royalties when shows are resold on DVD or the Internet.

Q&A: What's Behind the Hollywood Writers' Strike?

Film and television writers are going on strike, as talks have not produced a new contract between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The writers' demands include a percentage of DVD profits, plus a cut of money from new-media distribution. NPR.org offers this explainer.

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