Monday, November 05, 2007

Hollywood Writers Cut to the Strike

In the Land of Make Believe (where I live and work near) a writer's strike is one of the worst things that can happen. The Machine breaks down without writers. Some TV shows will have stockpiled some scripts, and some TV producers have writing abilities, but you will see the effects on serial TV if this strike lasts for any real length of time. This strike will only add to the economic woes in the area -- I hope that the WGA and the producers can come to an agreement quickly, but that isn't looking promising.
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SIGNS OF CONFLICT: Writers Guild members load picket signs into vans Sunday afternoon in preparation for a walkout. The union planned to maintain picket lines at major studios and networks. “Once it starts,” a guild strike captain said, “it’s going to get ugly.”
The studios and the guild prepare for a long work stoppage. They remain far apart on Internet residuals.
By Richard Verrier and Claudia Eller, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

November 5, 2007

Hollywood's film and television writers went on strike early this morning after last-ditch efforts to negotiate a deal with the major studios failed Sunday.

Despite the aid of a federal mediator and back-channel talks between top writers and studio executives, the sides were ultimately too far apart to bridge the massive divide between them and avert the first writers strike in nearly two decades.
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The rest of the article can be found at the Los Angeles Times here.

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