Strike Could See Last Chapter as Writers Eye Possible Deal

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Los Angeles (AP) The 3-month-old Hollywood writers strike could end as soon as Monday, when writers gather in Los Angeles and New York to consider a proposed contract.

If union members show strong support for the deal, the guild could quickly lift its strike order, allowing dozens of TV shows to return to production.

An end to the strike might also salvage the Academy Awards Show, scheduled for February 24th. The ceremony is facing a possible boycott by writers and sympathetic actors.

Michael Eisner, the former head of Walt Disney, says the deal will be “impossible” to turn down. But some writers are waiting to see for themselves. One says he'd rather strike than “drink the Kool-Aid and accept a bad deal.”

The most contentious issue in the talks was residual payments for TV programs and movies distributed on the Internet.