Raising legitimate hopes for the first time that a strike by the Writers Guild of America against Hollywood film and TV studios could be averted before the expiration of the current WGA contract on October 31, the producers on Tuesday withdrew a proposal that would have delayed payment of residuals to writers until the costs of production, distribution and marketing were recouped . Nick Counter, president of the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers, said that the group was withdrawing the proposal “in the overriding interest of keeping the industry working and removing what has become an emotional impediment and excuse by the WGA not to bargain.”

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