Hollywood studios presented a new contract offer to striking film and TV writers that the studios said would
The Writers Guild of America said it asked for a recess in the talks until Tuesday to consider its options, but it called on members to continue picketing Friday and Monday.
The producers said the new offer, dubbed the New Economic Partnership, included payments for work shown on the Internet, the key sticking points in the talks.
"The entire value of the New Economic Partnership will deliver more than $130 million in additional compensation above and beyond the more than $1.3 billion writers already receive each year," the statement from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said.
The $130 million sum was over the life of the proposed three-year deal, producers said. No further details of the terms were released since both sides imposed a media blackout Monday.
The guild countered with a lengthier response, saying the producers' proposal dealt only with advertising-supported programs streamed for free and jurisdiction over shows created for the Web.
The writers said their plan, presented Thursday, would cost producers $151 million over three years.
"That's a little over a 3 percent increase in writer earnings each year, while company revenues are projected to grow at a rate of 10 percent," the statement said. "We are falling behind."
David Kidd, a screenwriter, said he was hopeful, but not overly optimistic, about what he described as an apparent "sweet offer" from producers.
"I don't know what sweet is until I taste it," Kidd said. "Nobody wants to go in and accept a bad offer."