Last ditch movement?

Don't get your hopes up, but there is some 11th hour chatter going on by writers and producers - plus a planned 10 a.m. meeting Sunday morning that was called by the federal mediator. Also, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has spoken to both sides - he met with guild leaders last week - though no one is looking at him as a deal broker, not yet anyway. There's apparently some buzz that the producers will offer a new proposal to the guild over the weekend, according to an updated THR post, perhaps offering flexibility on compensation for new media (computers, cell phones, etc.). But the logjam still seems to be DVD compensation. These kinds of Hail Mary efforts are typical in the hours leading up to a walkout. But unlike, say, the recent heavy-duty labor talks between the United Auto Workers and GM and Chrysler, there’s no sign that these two sides are ready to get at it.

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