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Children join parents in Hollywood writers' strike
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08:49, November 13, 2007

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The children of some striking Hollywood writers joined their parents on the picket lines at Disney, CBS and Fox studios on Monday as the strike enters its second week.

Members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) took the weekend off from the picket lines while negotiations remain stalled between the guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. No new talks are scheduled.

A major stumbling block has been payments for reruns aired on the Internet and other new media.

Over the weekend, the writers expressed solidarity for striking stagehands in New York, offering their assistance and support.

The lights of Broadway went dark Saturday when members of the International Association of Theater and Stage Employees (IATSE), Local 1, went on strike against the League of American Theatres and Producers.

Patric Verrone, president of the WGA, West and Michael Winship, president of the WGA, East, on Monday sent a joint letter of support to James Claffey, president of the IATSE local in New York.

"Just as you have stood with us in our current strike against the motion picture and television studios and networks, so, too, do we stand with you as you seek the fair and respectful contract that you have earned and deserve," they said in the letter.

Daily TV talk shows have been hit hard by the strike, and many other programs have also stopped production without writers to provide no dialogue.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has urged both sides to settle their differences quickly. He said the strike was already having a major impact on the state's economy.

Source: Xinhua

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