A leader of the Writers Guild of America predicted that stalled negotiations between producers and striking writers would resume soon following union ratification of an interim contract.

Brian Walton, executive director of the WGA West, said he hopes to meet with the chief negotiator for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the industry's bargaining group.

"I am hopeful that we can continue to explore ways of resolving the impasse and that we can do so quickly," Walton said Thursday. "The pressure is on both sides to get the industry working again."

Walton's optimism reflected a change in the tense environment that has surrounded the strike since it began March 7.