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Inside Move: WGA discusses deadline

Pushing back expiration could up leverage, observers say

Hollywood’s latest speculation about the Writers Guild of America has focused on the possibility of the scribes agreeing to extend their May 2 contract expiration to match the Screen Actors Guild’s on June 30.

But WGA officials deny the guild has decided on such a course, adding that an extension is merely one of several options under consideration. “Our primary focus is on returning to the bargaining table,” a WGA spokeswoman said.

The WGA is expected to announce shortly its start date for resuming talks with studios and nets.

Observers believe pushing back the expiration date could increase the WGA’s leverage because of the threat of a SAG strike and defuse accusations that the WGA is not making a serious effort to avert a work stoppage.

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