The Hollywood writers’ strike which has forced some of America’s biggest TV shows off the air may finally be resolved, according to reports.

Both the New York Times and trade paper Variety have said that a breakthrough between the Writers Guild Of America and Tinseltown production companies was reached during informal talks on Friday – which could pave the way for the end of the dispute.

Members of the Writers Guild of America have been striking since November over payment to writers from shows offered on the internet.

Live talk shows such as Late Night With David Letterman and The Tonight Show, and topical programme The Daily Show have been among those affected, although Leno and Letterman have since returned to screens after their production companies struck a deal with the writers.

Films and TV series in production have also been put on hold across Hollywood.

And last month’s Golden Globes ceremony was cancelled and replaced by a press conference announcing the winners, after actors said they would refuse to cross picket lines at the event.

If the strike is resolved it could mean that the Academy Awards will go ahead as planned later this month.

Although organisers have said the Oscars ceremony will take place, the event could still be affected if writers are still on strike.

However the details of any potential deal will have to be agreed by both sides before being put to members of the Writers Guild of America – and will then have to be agreed by a majority of its 10,000 members.