Union officials and producers plan to meet Sunday with a federal mediator in an effort to end the stalemate. The meeting will take place at a neutral location.
The writers are making final plans for a Monday morning strike that would be the first in two decades. Among the sticking points are profits from DVDs and Internet programming.
A guild official accuses the studios of wanting to shut down rather than reaching a fair deal. But the head of the producers' group calls the writers' strike "precipitous and irresponsible."
Four writers told The Associated Press that Writers Guild of America (WGA) president Patric Verrone made the announcement about Monday's strike
plan in a closed-door 구리출장업소
session Thursday, drawing loud cheers from the crowd.
"There was a unified feeling in the room. I don't think anyone wants the strike, but people are behind the negotiation committee," said Dave Garrett, screen writer for the movie "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo."
Nick Counter, president of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), said in a statement Thursday the alliance was not surprised by the action.
Negotiators for the writers, in a message posted on the WGA web site Wednesday night, slammed negotiators for the industry.
"After three and a half months of bargaining, the AMPTP still has not responded to a single one of our important proposals. Every issue that matters to writers, including Internet reuse, original writing for new media, DVDs, and jurisdiction, has been ignored," said WGA negotiators, in a statement. "This is completely unacceptable."
Counter, in a statement on the AMPTP web site, insists that the talks cannot move forward so long as the union's proposal to get paid more for DVDs and Internet downloads remains on the table.
"This cannot come as a surprise," said Counter. "Before the negotiations began, Writers Guild of America West President Patric Verrone met with many CEOs. The consistent message from the CEOs was that, for overriding business reasons, the home video formula would not be changed."
The strike won't just affect writers, according to Early Show national correspondent Hattie Kauffman, who says members of some other union members are likely to honor the picket lines. That, she adds, could result in temporary layoffs on sets. Even security guards could be affected. "It could make it a bad holiday season," one janitor told CBS News.
The writers' union has been negotiating since July with film studios and production companies. Guild members two weeks ago approved an authorization for their negotiators to call the first strike since 1988, if necessary.
Verrone said at that time that "writers do not want to strike, but they are resolute and prepared to take strong, united action to defend our interests... What we must have is a contract that gives us the ability to keep up with the financial success of this ever-expanding global industry."
A key issue dividing producers and writers, as well as actors, whose contract expires in June, is compensation for DVD sales and productions that get distributed on the Internet and in other new media formats.