Talks planned to resume this month

Rumors of a back-channel contract agreement between writers and studios swept through Hollywood Thursday, prompting the Writers Guild of America to issue an emphatic denial.

The fast-moving speculation came even though negotiations had not taken place since March 1, when the WGA broke off talks.

“No tentative agreement has been reached,” the guild said.

The WGA said it expects to resume bargaining in mid-April although it still has not set a date with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers.

The guild had said previously only that it planned to resume talks sometime this month. Thursday’s rumor may have arisen due to frustration over lack of movement between the WGA and AMPTP with less than four weeks left before the May 2 contract expiration.

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