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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The contract expires at midnight Wednesday. The membership of the Writers Guild has authorized its leadership to declare a strike if no deal is reached by the deadline, but if progress is made, negotiations could continue beyond the contract’s expiration, with work continuing, as happened in 2004, when the previous contract expired. The writers want a sharp increase in residual payments for movies and television series sold on DVDs, and pay schedules for programming shown on the Internet, cellular telephones and other new media outlets. Alliance President J. Nicholas Counter III has called the guild’s proposals untenable. “We need relief from soaring costs, rising deficits and restrictive contract provisions and instead the WGA gives us untenable proposals that further raise costs and encumber our ability to adapt to these revolutionary times,” Counter said. A combination of disappointment over past contracts — including pay for DVDs and videocassettes — and animosity toward management have led to predictions of a long strike. A lengthy work stoppage likely would mean more unscripted, competition, and game show programming and news magazines in primetime come January, when little original scripted programming would be available. A WGA strike in 1988 was the last to cause a major disruption in the entertainment industry. It lasted 22 weeks and cost the industry an estimated $500 million. “If it (cost the industry) $500 million in 1988, a slowdown of that length would have over a $1 billion impact today,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told the Los Angeles Times. “I’m very concerned.” A strike would have a trickle-down effect, affecting everyone from entertainment industry technicians to restaurant waiters, gardeners, florists and dog groomers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ENCINO – One day before their contract expires, movie and television writers are set to resume negotiations today with the movie and television producers who employ them, with a federal mediator present for the first time. The Writers Guild of America and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are expected to continue attempts to narrow differences in their negotiations, which began July 16. The WGA and the Alliance are meeting at the Alliance’s headquarters on Ventura Boulevard in their first negotiating session since Friday, when it was announced that today’s talks would be attended by Carlos Gonzalez of the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service. It marks the first time in 19 years that a federal mediator will have sat in on negotiations between the writers and producers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. last_img read more