Writers are the most essential part of any project, be it films or television shows. They are the backbone and building blocks of Hollywood or any other entertainment industry. However, a lot of them have been feeling neglected lately which is why Hollywood writers are on strike.
The Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) officially kickstarted the strike on Tuesday. This has resulted in the abrupt ending of the production of several scripted films, shows, and late-night talk shows. But why are they on strike? Let us find out the question to this important question.
Writers Guild Of America Strike, Explained
Over 11 thousand writers working for films and television have officially gone on strike. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is seeking better wages for its writers along with job security.
According to BBC, it is the largest strike since 2007 when the WGA went on a similar strike for around 100 days. Writers started forming picket lines outside studios in Los Angeles. The last time when it happened, the delayed films and shows caused a loss of $2 billion in revenue.
This time, the strike started after talks between the writer’s union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) fell through. The latter was representing nine of Hollywood’s largest studios.
Writers in the country have said that their earnings took a dent after the advent of streaming platforms. Residuals or royalty amounts on streaming shows are significantly lower than on broadcast shows.
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Films And Shows That Will Be Affected By The Strike
Late-night talk shows were the first to be impacted by the strike. NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon’, ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live‘, Comedy Central’s ‘Daily Show with Trevor Noah‘, CBS’ ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert‘ and NBC’s ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers‘ all of them went dark.
As the strike goes on, ‘Saturday Night Live‘ is also expected to halt its production and broadcast re-runs. Films are unlikely to be impacted by the strike as they are in production for two-three years.
Daily soap operas like ‘The Young and the Restless‘ and ‘General Hospital‘ are expected to stop their production as their episodes are written and filmed in a short span of time. During the 2007-2008 writer’s strike, popular shows like ‘The Office’, ‘Breaking Bad‘ and ‘Desperate Housewives‘ were impacted. Even the James Bond film ‘Quantum of Solace‘ suffered.
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