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Larry Gelbart
Guild board favors deal, with caution

The West Coast board of the Writers Guild of America has reacted favorably to the outlines of a pending agreement reached between guild negotiators and Hollywood studios. But the board is holding off on giving its blessing until it sees the exact language in the contract, according to people familiar with the situation. The 19-member board was briefed Monday by union leaders on the major points in a tentative deal reached Friday. If the board approves the contract, it is expected to end the strike immediately, these people said. A vote could be held this weekend. Time is of the essence in getting the board to sign off on a deal with the upcoming television pilot season, and the Feb. 24...

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