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Hollywood writers' guild deadline passes; no word on deal

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/2/2017 By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The contract for TV and film writers is now expired, with no indication if talks will continue or if a strike is imminent.

The current agreement between the Writers Guild of America and producers ended at midnight Tuesday. The guild, with authorization from its members to immediately call for a walkout, issued no immediate statement.

There also was no comment from the producers' alliance.

The two sides have held to a media blackout during negotiations and declined to provide updates on how far apart they are. The issues at stake include compensation and health care.

The previous writers' strike occurred nearly 10 years ago and immediately sent late-night talks shows into reruns. It gradually took a wider toll on Hollywood TV and movie production and the California economy.

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