Newly reelected Writers Guild of America West President Patric Verrone has appeared to pooh-pooh remarks by Dreamworks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg suggesting that a wide gulf existed between the contractual demands of the WGA and what producers were prepared to accept. While Katzenberg had said on Tuesday that he was "fearful" that a strike was all but inevitable, Verrone was quoted by Reuters as saying that he was hopeful that a "reasonable deal" could be worked out before October 31, when the current contract expires.