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Writers Strike in Hollywood Imminent

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

November 1, 2007

Comments (3)

Will there be an Oscars show in 2008?

When the people who write drop their pens and go on strike, an entire industry shuts down.

How long do you think this will go on for and will it affect you?

Breaking News

A few days ago, I head an interview on CBC Radio One with the head of a prominent writers' association here in Canada discussing the possibility of a strike in the US...

The reason?

Writers are struggling with the same issue that SAG, AFTRA, and ACTRA are concerned about - the use of content on the Internet and being compensated for the additional exposure their work is receiving through online channels. In fact, ACTRA went on strike this year over the same issue in addition to a demand for increased pay.

Well, from this morning's news report, it appears that the discussions at the bargaining table went nowhere fast and the action to strike is imminent.

Their contract expired Wednesday at midnight and American writers for television and film are seriously considering a strike to start as early as Friday of this week ( Friday November 2, 2007 ).

If this goes on much longer, we could be looking at no new programming on TV come February 2008 and the movies will be soon to follow. Could that mean that there may not be an Oscar night next year celebrating Hollywood's finest? I'm merely speculating, but if there is no end in sight, it could be a reality.

This will affect everyone from the writers to the on-camera talent. That's a lot of people as anyone who has ever been involved with production for television and film can attest.

Something else to consider is that SAG may be up to strike in 2008 as well. What if these two strikes were to coincide?

Share your thoughts and opinions as a comment below.

Best,

Stephanie


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Related Topics: ACTRA, AFTRA, Hollywood, industry, radio, TV, union


Comments


    There probably aren't many non-union voice actors who can say for certain just how much a writer's strike would affect them. This is 100% speculation on my part, but there's a slight possibility it could push back a videogame project I'm booked for. The game ties in with a movie release lated for 2008, but that film has (reportedly) already been delayed by script rewrites. I'll just keep my fingers crossed and continue to work as much as possible in the meantime.

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      I have been following these negotiations closely in the trades, since acrimonious dialog began between the two parties began this past summer. This will be the Writer's Guild first strike in nearly 20 years. It is likely all that's left to figure out is not if, but how the strike will be carried out.

      What may affect voice talent in the long run is the impact of this strike when negotiation for the AFTRA-SAG contracts begin with the same producers next year. The key sticking point is a residuals formula, and the placement of new media into that mix. This point is the "centerpiece" of all the related industry unions in Hollywood and across the USA.

      Plus, AFTRA/SAG will be staring down the AMPTP the same producers alliance currently in battle with the writers. Who will blink first?

      Strike is a very real option which could affect union and non-union members alike, but in very different ways.

      I'll bet we'll be watching a LOT of reality TV and reruns next year.

      All the best,
      Bobbin Beam

      Posted by:

        Well, the writers are indeed officially on strike! Any thoughts? Heard of what the Teamsters are up to?

        Stephanie

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