Under the new agreement, there are two limits to the provisions that a company can negotiate in the personal service contract of an episodic television author who earns less than $200,000 per year of contract: (1) The agreement cannot require that the author be subject exclusively to the company, except when the writer is paid for his writing services; and (2) the company must not hold an author for more than 90 days under a negotiated option contract without paying a detention fee of at least 1/3 of the minimum amount of the author`s fee. If the company decides not to pay the participation fee, the company must allow the author to accept an offer of another serial job, or if the series has been renewed, it can exercise the option and put the scribe back to work. These provisions come into effect on January 1, 2015. On January 1, 2016, the threshold will increase by 5% to $210,000 per season. The agreement, which was negotiated on July 1, also ended “new writers” rebates that have a disproportionate impact on writers in under-represented groups and strengthened members` rights to take with employers on inclusion and justice programs and anti-harassment measures, the WGA said. Writers and studios tentatively agree on a new contract The Guild said it had no intention of targeting Leno and O`Brien with protests  against non-WGA member Carson Daly, accused of creating a joke hotline  as a violation of the strike.  After being back in the air, Leno was charged by the WGA with violating the strike after writing and holding monologues, but it is unclear what steps the guild would take.   Later, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert announced that their respective shows, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, would return on January 7, 2008, even without authors.  The WGA accused Comedy Central and NBC of again forcing the hosts into the air by threatening the staff and crew jobs of their shows, and said they would wipe them out.     To pay tribute to the authors, the Daily Show was renamed A Daily Show with Jon Stewart during the duration of the strike. Similarly, The Colbert Report was renamed for its first new episode since the beginning of the strike in The Colbert Report (with hard T`s). In support of the strike, Screen Actors Guild asked its members to appear in programs with independent agreements with the WGA, such as the Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  The two parties had in fact developed most of them almost a month ago, as I reported on March 6, but only one agreement on the issue of options and the exclusivity of the scribes remained unresolved.
After a second two-week break, the return to the table on March 31 for the last two days of hearings was the last kick-off to end everything.