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Rejoice! The WGA strike is over!

by Kristin Sample, posted Feb 13th 2008 12:45AM
WGA Strike is overVariety is reporting that the strike is indeed over. I think I speak for everyone at TV Squad when I say, "Yay!" to this news. The WGA West president announced that almost 93% of the guild members have voted in favor of lifting the strike. The total vote tally was 3,492 members for yes and 283 for no. The vote, held over 48 hours, allowed members to vote in person at the Writer's Guild Theatre in Beverly Hills or the Gotham Crowne Plaza or via fax.

Leslie Moonves, CBS Corporation prexy and CEO, said that despite the ill-will early on in the strike, the sides were able to come together under media blackout and work things out. "Once [WGA leaders] got to know some of us they realized where we were coming from. Nobody handed us these jobs," Moonves commented.

Also helpful in ending the strike was the tentative agreement reached on January 17th with the DGA. According to Variety, "The WGA was able to use that pact as a template in reaching the outlines of its deal two weeks later." Moreover, the deal between the WGA and the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers) should set the tone for negotiations with SAG-AFTRA when their contract is up on June 30th.

Check out this gallery at AOL TV for a list of what shows will return and when.

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