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Lions Gate To Make Deal With WGA? Yes, So I'm Told

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I've been talking to reliable sources, and Lions Gate is about to announce an interim deal with the Writers Guild. It makes sense for a number of reasons--it allows them to produce the next season of Weeds and Mad Men and get those popular shows on air without delay.

Perhaps more significantly, this could really put pressure on the AMPTP to come to a compromise with the WGA. Why? Well Lions Gate is the largest movie studio that's not a member of the AMPTP. And while other studios, including United Artists and The Weinstein Company, have made interim deals with the WGA, a Lions Gate deal would be by far the most significant.

I'm waiting for the official announcement-- it could come this afternoon or sometime tomorrow.

I bet this will light even MORE fire under the already intense negotiations.

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  • Working from Los Angeles, Boorstin is CNBC's media and entertainment reporter and editor of CNBC.com's Media Money section.