In what appeared to be a change in its negotiating strategy, the Writers Guild of America informed its membership Saturday that it plans to seek to hammer out individual deals with the studios, networks and production companies. “Each signatory employer is required to bargain with us individually if we make a legal demand that it do so. We will make this demand on Monday,” the writers said.

In an interview on Fox News Channel’s Your World With Neil Cavuto Thursday, News Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch accused the writers of attempting to impose “some sort of Socialist system and drag down the companies.” Murdoch predicted that the strike “is not going to last as long as everybody says,” but quickly retreated on that forecast by adding, “But, if it does, it does.”

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