Striking Writers, Studios Keep Moving Toward Deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Striking Hollywood writers remain on track for a possible deal with studios. That’s according to two people familiar with the negotiations.

And, one such person says the agreement could be reached by the end of this week. But, a deal won’t happen until specific language of a new contract is worked out.

Informal talks with studio executives began January 23rd.

The two sides made significant progress last week on the thorniest issues: pay for work distributed on the Internet.

Meantime, picketing continues. Plans are in place for a congresswoman from Orange County, California, to join writers on a picket line at 20th Century Fox studios in Los Angeles Wednesday.