As expected the Writers Guild Of America (WGA) has signed an interim agreement with Lionsgate and with Marvel Studios.

The agreement is similar to the deals the WGA struck recently announced with United Artists, Worldwide Pants, Spyglass Entertainment, MRC, Jackson Bites, Mandate Pictures and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.

'We are pleased Lionsgate has joined the growing number of companies that have signed interim agreements with the Writers Guild,' WGA West president Patric M Verrone and WGA East president Michael Winship said.

'Lionsgate is considered a leader in the industry, and its signing an interim agreement again confirms that it is possible for both writers to be compensated fairly and respectfully for their work and for companies to operate profitably.'

'Marvel Studios' signing of an interim agreement with the Writers Guild is more good news for our membership,' they added, 'Marvel is committed to fairly compensating their writers and now they can move forward with their planned production schedule.'

This week the WGA staged informal talks with the US majors in a possible prelude to the resumption of negotiations. It remains uncertain whether the WGA will grant a waiver to allow the 80th Annual Academy Awards to go ahead in its traditional format on Feb 24.