Labor: The notoriously contentious union is scrambling to replace its president and top operating executive.
Labor: Tentative pact boosts payments for cable reruns and pay for mid-income artists.
Although Hollywood averted actor and writer strikes this year, maintaining labor peace will only get harder amid rapidly changing technologies, huge media mergers and shrinking film and TV profits.
Labor: But negotiations on new pact with studios could continue if no agreement is reached by midnight.
Labor: The two sides remain divided over issues including cable residuals, minimum payments and foreign markets, sources say.
For Hollywood's middle class, between big stars and wannabes, life is one break away from fame and one cut scene away from shame.
Pact: Turning point came when both sides signaled they had no issues deemed worthy of a strike.
Labor: Strike fears have eased, but actors will push to improve pay for middle-class performers.
Barring a last-minute glitch, Hollywood studios and writers are expected to sign off on a new three-year contract today that would head off a potentially disastrous strike, according to sources close to both parties.
Hollywood: Progress is reported as negotiations continue past the 12:01 a.m. deadline. Deal would avert a costly strike in film and TV industry.