Deadline Looms On TV And Film Writers Contract Negotiations

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The clock is ticking on negotiations between television and film writers and producers before their contract expires.

A strike could begin Tuesday morning, forcing writers to begin picketing. That would send late-night television shows, and eventually other series, into reruns.

The Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have been negotiating off and on since March 13 but have been unable to reach an agreement on a new contract. The main sticking points are compensation and health care.

The last writers strike spanned 100 days in late 2007 and early 2008 and was costly for both television viewers and the California economy.

Since then, the television landscape has changed with the rise of streaming services and shows adopting shorter television seasons.

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