Tuesday, February 5, 2008

George Clooney optimistic for an end to the Hollywood writer’s strike

George ClooneyGeorge Clooney has said he's optimistic for an end to the Hollywood writer's strike.

The Oscar-nominated star added he hoped the strike would end this week.

During yesterday's annual Academy Awards nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills, Clooney said: "There's a tentative agreement out there.

"I think it's got a good shot."

Clooney received a best actor nominee this year for his title role in 'Michael Clayton.'

Clooney previously won an Oscar in 2006 for his supporting role in Syriana.

Film and TV production in Hollywood has been crippled since talks broke down between Writers Guild of America and the major Hollywood studios represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in November 2007.

The dispute is over payments to writers for DVD sales and online content. "We need to get back into the bargaining room," Clooney said of the situation..

"There's a popular belief among some in the union that your negotiating power increases the longer you wait. I think there's a lot of strike fatigue and I think that you end up losing some of your negotiating power."

If the strike isn't resolved by February 24 it could result in writers picketing the Academy Awards ceremony in the same fashion as this year's cancelled Golden Globes.

In a positive sign eleven of the 19 nominated actors and actresses attended the Oscars' luncheon at the Beverly Hilton, along with all 13 nominated writers and all six nominated directors.

By Eric Munn, Feb 05 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

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