HBO, Gandolfini Eye Sitdown

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James Gandolfini, star of The Sopranos, and Home Box Office are
reportedly breaking their standoff and looking to resume their contract
negotiations.

HBO couldn't be reached for comment Monday.

Over the weekend, Sopranos executive producer Brad Grey stepped in and
began to act as an intermediary between both warring parties.

The battle started when Gandolfini, seeking a substantial raise, filed suit
against HBO. The programmer, in turn, filed a $100 million counterclaim against
him. As a result, HBO postponed production of the hit series about New Jersey
mobsters, and their negotiations ended.

Both HBO and Gandolfini were weighing dropping their lawsuits so that their
salary negotiations could resume.

Published reports have Gandolfini, who plays mob boss Tony Soprano, seeking
anywhere from $16 million to $26 million per year. HBO's last offer was
reportedly $11 million.

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