Hollywood writers back new deal

Other News Materials 27 February 2008 08:30 (UTC +04:00)

( BBC ) - Hollywood's screenwriters have voted overwhelmingly to approve the contract that ended their three-month strike.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) said nearly 94% of its 4,000 members who voted had ratified the new pay deal.

The new contract provides payment for writers for content sold on new media platforms such as the internet and DVD.

The strike crippled TV and film production for months, derailed the Golden Globe awards and threatened to do the same to the Oscars.

"This contract is a new beginning for writers in the digital age," said WGA West President Patric Verrone.

The new deal runs from 2008 to 2011 and provides writers with a fee of up to $1,200 (?604) for programmes streamed on the internet for the first two years, and 2% of a distributor's gross sales in the third year, according to the Associated Press news agency.