Writers accept Overture


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Overture Films has signed an interim agreement with the WGA to allow striking writers to work for the company.

The deal follows a range of pacts between the WGA and such non-struck film companies as United Artists and the Weinstein Co. According to those familiar with the Overture deal, it includes similar provisions to those featured in other agreements.

Overture launched its inaugural slate this month with the release of Callie Khouri's "Mad Money" and will release several films in the coming months, including "The Visitor" and "Sleep Walking."

It also expects to enter production on a number of projects soon as it builds up its slate, and the deal allows writers to work unfettered for the Liberty Media studio.

"We've said before that if we could find an accommodation with the WGA, we would sign an agreement," Overture CEO Chris McGurk said. "The strike is good for no one, and we want to go back to work with the writers. We didn't feel we had to rush anything, but we have had conversations with the guild over the past couple of weeks and finally got to where we had something we could agree to."

McGurk said Overture has five completed films set for release in the coming months but declined to specify development projects that might benefit from the return to work of WGA writers.

Carl DiOrio in Los Angeles contributed to this report.