This article posted on Politico.com: “In talks unbeknown to even his top aides, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has spoken to representatives on both sides in this week’s Writers Guild of America strike against the studios and networks. Schwarzenegger, whose lengthy, successful career in the film business before coming into office in 2003 gives him a certain cachet in the matter, has been speaking with WGA members as well as studio execs heading the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. In addition to his own words of advice, the governor has had staff members reach out to both sides, as well as to the federal mediator trying to get them to hammer out a deal about future residuals and other issues. “We’re interested in helping both sides resolve this issue any way we can,” says a member of Schwarzenegger’s team. With the federal mediator involved, there is not much sway the governor has over actual negotiations, however. Previously it has been reported that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attempted to step into the war over the WGA’s new contract, but his efforts were rebuffed. [Nikki: Because the AMPTP, not the WGA, keeps declining his mediation help.] According to the blog DeadlineHollywoodDaily, an e-mail also made the rounds intimating that an “ex-president” offered to serve as a buffer between the two sides. A source close to the Clinton camp said that the 42nd president, Bill Clinton, wouldn’t get involved in the negotiations. “[We’re] pretty sure it’s Nixon,” snarked the source. ”
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