Strike negotiations are back on

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After a month and a half of giving each other the cold shoulder, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) will finally have another go at talking it out, according to Reuters.

The two sides will be meeting this week in an attempt to resolve the 79-day-old writers strike, the first time since the two came face-to-face since talks blew up in early December.

The news comes on the heels of a successful trip to the bargaining table by the Directors Guild of America and the AMPTP last week, which saw major headway on the hot topic of new media. However, the agreement is only an interim deal set to expire in three years.

The new talks are said to see WGA negotiators in direct contact with studio executives rather than AMPTP negotiators, which could allow for a better, direct line of communication.

Hope remains high for a resolution before Hollywood's annual gala event--the Academy Awards--as no one wants a repeat of the abbreviated Golden Globes ceremony that disappointed many earlier this month.

This year's Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for February 24 and would be hit hard if the writers strike was still underway. Under guild guidelines, most of the star power would be instructed not to attend the show, making Hollywood's golden hour nothing more than another black-tie dinner.

For more on the writers strike, check out TV.com's Strike Source, featuring up-to-date statuses on shows, the latest information, and more.

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