By Stephanie Ciccarelli
November 1, 2007
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?
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...
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?
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