The WGA East has started its "recognition reception" for the WGA Award nominees at the Broadway Millenium Hotel with about 150 people in attendance and a giant-screen TV showing striking writers at various Gotham sites.

The event launched a few hours after the WGA East concluded a mostly upbeat membership meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel to review terms of the tentative WGA deal. 

The WGA West decided last month to cancel its black-tie event because of the strike while the WGA East transformed theirs into a low-key reception without a red carpet. WGA East exec director Mona Mangan told Daily Variety that the event was scaled back because it would not have been seemly to have a full-blown formal affair with a strike going on.

"But it really is a night to celebrate because we have a contract — depending on the membership vote — so this is really a well-timed event," she added.

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