Hollywood Writers Labor Talks Collapse

Negotiations between striking Hollywood writers and studios have collapsed.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced that the round of talks that started Tuesday has broken down.

In a statement, the alliance said "We're puzzled and disheartened by an ongoing WGA (Writers Guild of America) negotiating strategy that seems designed to delay or derail talks rather than facilitate an end to this strike."

The guild says the chief alliance negotiator slammed the door on bargaining after presenting an ultimatum and before the union could
respond to his latest proposal regarding crucial new-media compensation issues.

The strike has shut down production on dozens of prime-time and late-night shows, sending a number of programs into reruns.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-12-08-07 0051EST

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