Variety is reporting that the negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers took a positive turn Friday afternoon which could put an end to the 3 month long strike possibly as early as this week.
The pressure of the calendar undoubtedly weighed heavily in the room on Friday. Top TV execs have viewed Feb. 15 as the drop-dead date for salvaging any of the remaining TV season and for pilot season. In film, early March has been seen as the cutoff date for avoiding major disruptions to 2009 release skeds; an end to the strike would permit script tweaking on a number of pics involving pay-or-play deals for top stars that will come due regardless of whether the strike continues.
However, there is still a lot to discuss and this is still pretty far from a done deal. The WGA sent its members an email saying that they should ignore the rumors and continue to picket in front of studios this morning.
But the fact that both sides suggest that they are close to a deal is positive news.
We'll keep you posted if anything breaks this week.