Writers’ Strike Deal Penciled In

Writers’ Strike Deal Penciled In

The East and West Coast leadership of the Writers Guild of America, representing 12,000 movie and television writers, announced a tentative deal with production companies Saturday morning. The writers’ strike, which began November 5th, might end as early as Monday, after Guild directors consult union local leaders.

Some strike leaders would rather wait for final a ratification vote, but television and movie productions have been without writers since November 5th, with many craft and actors’ union members honoring Guild picket lines, and people in the industry are eager to resume normal production.

Contract negotions broke down when writers demanded an income formula for re-use of their work as streaming video. Producers responded with an attempt to  re-negotiate the long-standing formula for writer residuals for broadcast reruns and syndication, angering many writers. The condition was rolled back late last week, and producers offered a flat fee for two years of streaming downloads and a percentage of profits for the third year. Networks haven’t quite figured out how to turn streaming into money, but writers think they might eliminate broadcast reruns altogether in favor of streaming in future.

Television and film projects are heavily dependent on script and screenwriters, and It is estimated that the strike has cost the economy of Los Angeles alone over one billion dollars.

Image by Mike Licht. Don’t touch that dial; stay tuned for further developments.

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One Response to “Writers’ Strike Deal Penciled In”

  1. Terry Finley Says:

    I hope when the writers come back that TV programming takes a turn for the better. Thanks for the article.

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