Swedish writers consider strike

Deal between union, networks expires

STOCKHOLM — A conflict similar to the writers’ strike in Hollywood is brewing in Sweden.

A deal between the Swedish Playwrights Union and webs TV4 and TV5, alongside a number of production companies, expired Thursday. With no new attempt to broker a deal, the situation seems to be deadlocked. Writers will vote on whether to strike at a meeting later this week.

One of the main sticking points in talks has been compensation for repeats and content distribbed on DVD, website such as Joost, and mobile phones.

Susin Lindblom, a rep for the Swedish Playwrights Union, said: “We have the same problems here as our colleagues in the U.S.

“In the past, we had a royalty on the gross. Now there is fear of a net profit system being introduced, where all costs are deducted. This makes it difficult to get a good overview and then there will probably be no royalty at all.”

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