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Deal said to be near


The Directors Guild of America and major Hollywood studios are expected to conclude a closely watched deal on a new three-year contract within 24 hours, according to a number of people close to the negotiations.

The agreement covering 13,400 directors is said to include better new-media terms than studios proposed to writers in negotiations that broke down last month.

Writers Guild of America officials have stressed that they will consider the deal carefully but won’t be bound by terms negotiated by another union. The dispute between writers and studios centers on how much writers would be paid for work distributed over the Internet.

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-- Richard Verrier and Claudia Eller

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