Striking Hollywood writers have lodged a formal complaint against the studios.

Union officials for the Writers Guild of America have filed an unfair labour practices complaint, claiming that studio bosses have violated the law by halting negotiations.

Talks were called off on December 7th, when the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers refused to continue discussions until the union dropped a number of its proposals.

In a statement the guild stated that this was "a clear violation of Federal law".

It also called the alliance "irresponsible" for halting discussions during the holiday season and leaving writers out of work for longer.

The strike has been ongoing since November 5th.

Over 12,000 writers are striking over payment issues including their right to royalties when their work is used in new media formats.

Meanwhile, US television networks are planning a range of reality shows for the New Year.

Until now, scripted programmes such as Desperate Housewives have continued to dominate the ratings, reports the BBC.

However, as the strike continues there are not enough shows completed to fill schedules in the early months of next year.

Rob Salem, TV critic for the Toronto Star, told the news provider: "It's going to mean a lot of reality shows. It's quite astounding the amount of stuff that's being produced."

Reality shows can continue to be produced as their writers are not members of the Writers Guild.

One of the proposals The Producers' alliance wanted the guild to drop would have made reality writers members.

A number of Golden Globe nominees have stated that they remain committed to supporting the strike.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, both Shonda Rhimes, creator of GREY'S ANATOMY, and DAVID SILVERMAN, who directed The Simpsons MOVIE, said that they would be celebrating their nominations on the picket line.

14/12/2007 10:50:46