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What Does a Hollywood Writer's Strike Mean For You?

In between episodes of Succession, you may have heard rumblings about a writer’s strike in Hollywood. Wondering what it is and what it’s got to do with you? Here’s the lowdown.

Every three years, the Writer’s Guild of America (aka the union for writers of all your favorite movies and tv shows) renegotiates their deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (aka the head honchos of Hollywood).

Those three years are up on May 1, and the negotiations are not going well. If the WGA doesn’t get the result they want, they have already approved a writer’s strike.

Here’s what happens if that goes down:

  • All writing will stop until a deal is reached
  • Shows with incomplete scripts (like The Last of Us), will have to delay shooting, which means you’ll have to wait longer to watch new seasons
  • There’s going to be a lot of reality TV. A lot.

There’s also going to be a ton of job losses throughout the entertainment industry, and it’ll have a huge impact on the LA economy and other filming hubs like Atlanta and Vancouver.

While there’s a ton of short-term downsides, the WGA believes the long term payoff will be worth it because of how it will benefit writers. Their current contracts are based on an old model of television before streaming took over the world. Writers used to make good money on 22 episode seasons, and now it’s hard for them to make a decent living when most shows have 6-13 episode seasons.

There’s irony to the fact that we’re in a golden age of television, and yet the people making it are not getting what they deserve. We hope it works out for them, and if the strike goes on for a long time…maybe try reading some books or talking to your family or something.

July 4, 2024


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