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Last Updated: Monday, 7 January 2008, 10:42 GMT
Cruise company 'near strike deal'
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise co-owns United Artists with the MGM studio
A film company run by actor Tom Cruise is close to an agreement with the striking Writers Guild of America, news agency Reuters has reported.

The deal with United Artists would be a first for a movie company since writers began their action in November.

TV host David Letterman's production company recently reached a similar deal which enabled his show to return.

Since talks broke down in December, the WGA has been in talks with independent companies to reach interim agreements.

Quoting anonymous sources, Reuters reported the United Artists deal could be announced as early as this week - but that any deal would face opposition from other studios.

An agreement would benefit MGM, which shares ownership of United Artists with Cruise and producer Paula Wagner and distributes its films.

The Writers Guild of America has been on strike since 5 November in a dispute over "residuals" - royalties for work distributed online or released on DVD.

The strike has halted the production of nearly all TV comedy, drama shows and many films.

United Artists and the WGA had no immediate comment.

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