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Grammys Makes Deal With Writers

The Writers Guild of America has spared another awards show, the Grammys, a picket line by granting the music awards telecast an interim agreement.

“Professional musicians face many of the same issues that we do concerning fair compensation for the use of their work in new media,” said Patric M. Verrone, WGA West president. “In the interest of advancing our goal of achieving a fair contract, the WGAW board felt that this decision should be made on behalf of our brothers and sisters in the American Federation of Musicians and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists.”

This brings the number of awards shows the guild has worked with up to four, including last night’s Screen Actors Guild awards, the Independent Spirit Awards and the NAACP Image Awards.

However, the Academy Awards remain in jeopardy due to the writers strike.

A picket of an awards show would limit the number of people willing to cross the line, especially members of the Screen Actors Guild.

The writers have been on strike since November against the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers in an effort to win control over new-media usage of their work and a share of Internet residuals.