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Writers unions name panel to prepare for talks

The Writers Guild of America, West, and its sister union on the East Coast took the first step to lay the groundwork for negotiations with Hollywood studios.

The guilds named a 17-member committee headed by Emmy-award winning writer John Bowman, whose credits include “In Living Color” and “Martin,” to set the framework for talks.

The committee includes “Desperate Housewives” writer Marc Cherry and Shawn Ryan, a writer for “The Shield.” Union officials have proposed starting talks as early as July, four months before the writers’ contract expires.

-- Richard Verrier

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