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AMPTP: Strike has now cost writers more than they had hoped to gain

UPI News Service, 12/28/2007 

The Hollywood writers' strike has cost scribes more in salary and benefits than they hoped to gain through the walkout, TV networks and movie studios said.

The Writers Guild of America has been on strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers since Nov. 5. The walkout has caused most scripted TV series to shut down, while several movie projects have been postponed.

"It's official: The people in charge at the WGA have led working writers into a strike that has now cost those working writers more in salary and benefits than the WGA's organizers ever expected to gain from the strike," the AMPTP said in a statement Friday. "And the strike continues because the union's leaders are focused on jurisdictional issues that would expand their own power, at the expense of the new media issues that working writers care most about."

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