This was Television on February 12

2008: The 2007–08 writers’ strike ends

After 100 days on strike, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) voted to end their longest work stoppage since 1988 and agree to a new deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTA). The crux of the strike, and the subsequent agreement, was the treatment of materials produced for and/or distributed via the Internet. It lead to a contract which paid writers greater residuals for work streamed online, and brought the burgeoning realm of entertainment produced directly for the Web under the union’s aegis. -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Lorne Greene, Ponderosan (d. 1987); Arsenio Hall, late night emcee (57); John Michael Higgins, professional (48); Joseph Kearns, put-upon neighbor (d. 1962); Joanna Kerns, mom (60); Sarah Lancaster, spy sister (33); Ed Lover, VJ (50); Richard Lynch, character actor (d. 2012); Jesse Spencer, doctor (34); Tara Strong, voice actress (40); Forest Tucker, frontier officer (d. 1986); Charles Van Doren, quiz show contestant (87).

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