By Gene Maddaus, Cynthia Littleton
Carol Lombardini, president of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, reached out to her counterpart at the Writers Guild of America in an effort to restart negotiations, sources told Variety on Tuesday.
That is the first communication between the two sides since May 1, when talks collapsed and the WGA voted to go on strike.
The WGA informed its members of the outreach from AMPTP to Ellen Stutzman, the WGA’s chief negotiator, on Tuesday evening. Earlier in the day, industry insiders were buzzing about the possiblity of progress in the long-stalled WGA talks as word spread that the WGA’s contract negotiating committee called members to a meeting on short notice Tuesday afternoon.