WGA, AMPTP set to begin informal talks


The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the striking Writers Guild of America plan to begin informal talks on a new contract today, 80 days after the strike began.

WGA and AMPTP issued a joint statement yesterday announcing their plans to "begin informal discussions to determine if there is a basis for both parties to return to formal negotiations. Both the AMPTP and the WGA have agreed to make no public comments about the informal discussions until those discussions have concluded," the statement said.

Reportedly, the two sides have removed a wild card of the table: Including language about writers on reality shows.

WGA also vowed not to picket at the 2/20 Grammy Awards, reversing its position a week ago.