Broadway strike ends, but Hollywood's drags on

  • Updated: December 9, 2007 - 9:21 PM

NEW YORK - Broadway stagehands approved a new contract with producers on Sunday, nearly two weeks after the end of a strike that shut down more than two dozen Broadway shows, but on the other coast, the strike by Hollywood writers entered its sixth week.

The Broadway strike ended Nov. 28, and Sunday's ratification of the contract was a formality. "It was an overwhelming ratification," said Bruce Cohen, a spokesman for Local 1 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. He declined to give a tally of the vote.

The 19-day walkout began Nov. 10, closing such hit musicals as "Wicked," "Jersey Boys," "The Lion King" and "Rent."

The strike took place during what is normally one of the best times of the year for Broadway, the period around Thanksgiving.

In Los Angeles, with the holidays underway and the strike entering a sixth week, "It's going to be bleak for a lot of families," said script supervisor Petra Jorgensen, who is living off her savings.

Hundreds of out-of-work writers and their supporters marched down Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday to call for a resumption of talks to settle the strike, which has sidelined many prime-time and late-night TV shows. Negotiations collapsed Friday between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

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