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07 November, 2007 - Published 17:09 GMT
Hollywood writers' strike
Talks to try to prevent a Hollywood writers' strike have broken down in Los Angeles. Members of the Writers' Guild of America say they're going to walk out indefinitely to pursue their claim for a pay rise. This report from Peter Bowes:
After talking with studio negotiators for almost twelve hours, union officials said no settlement had been reached and the strike would go ahead. Picket lines will be set up outside all the main Hollywood studios. The union's twelve thousand members are being told to stop working on all their writing projects.
The Writers' Guild is demanding a greater share of the profits from TV shows sold on DVD, as well as those that can be downloaded on the internet and seen on mobile phones.
In the United States the first casualties are likely to be the late night chat shows. Without the writers, the comedians won't have any jokes to tell. The TV networks have stockpiled episodes of popular dramas and comedies, like Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty, but if the dispute drags on they're likely to show more repeats or turn to reality television.
The strike is expected to have a ripple effect throughout Los Angeles, with businesses that rely on the entertainment industry being hit hard. One estimate puts the potential cost to the city at a billion dollars.
Peter Bowes, BBC News, Los Angeles
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