The Writers Guild of America’s membership has overwhelmingly authorized a strike against the Hollywood studios if they can’t win sought-after concessions, inching closer to a work stoppage that will could have serious economic effects on the entertainment industry.
The WGA in addition to the major studios will return to the bargaining table Tuesday, with less than a week remaining before their existing contract expires on May 1.
The strike-authorization vote, conducted last week in addition to announced Monday, is actually basically a formality, seeking to give guild negotiators the leverage they need to push for a better deal. As writers have noted, walking out remains the biggest threat they can muster.
The two sides have agreed to a media blackout, nevertheless writers have taken to Twitter, social media in addition to op-ed pages urging peers to authorize a strike for that will reason. Mike Royce, an executive producer on Netflix’s revival “One Day at a Time,” said he voted “yes” to provide the leadership “leverage to make best deal in addition to avoid a strike.”
“I voted to authorize the leaders of my union to call a strike that will I desperately don’t want,” “The Blacklist” producer John Eisendrath wrote from the Los Angeles Times, citing scars that will “remain fresh” through 2007.
Both sides remember the ill effects of the guild’s last strike that will began a decade ago, which lasted more than three months in addition to exacted a heavy financial toll thanks to the slowdown in scripted production.
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Still, the writers insist the studios are doing vast profits in addition to that will they should be fairly compensated. Their aims call for addressing improvements from the industry, like the shift toward short-order TV shows that will generate fewer episodes in addition to so reduce writers’ earnings.
“We deserve our share of the pie,” tweeted former “Lost” producer Javi Grillo-Marxuach.
Studios, for their part, contend that will they face uncertainty in a shifting climate that will is actually rapidly altering their business style in addition to producing fresh competitors.
The Alliance for Motion Picture in addition to Television Producers issued a statement saying that will the studios are “committed to reaching a deal,” adding that will the writers “lost more than $287 million in compensation that will was never recovered” from the last strike.
In a podcast earlier This specific month, Writers Guild negotiating committee members laid out key provisions of the talks, which include increasing studio contributions to their healthcare plan, higher minimums for lower-level writers in addition to more flexibility in securing different work while short-order series are out of production.
“We need to be prepared to strike if necessary,” WGA West President in addition to negotiating committee co-chair Christopher Keyser said during that will conversation. He also suggested that will any anger toward writers for potentially halting production — with its ripple effect throughout Hollywood — should be directed at the studios, which “certainly possess the means to meet our demands. … They understand how much writers are worth. They just don’t want to pay how much writers are worth.”
The studios’ argument that will they can’t pony up more for a fresh contract hasn’t been helped by reports of how well their CEOs are doing — compensation that will’s tethered to their companies’ results. that will includes filings showing CBS’ Leslie Moonves in addition to Disney’s Bob Iger earned $69.6 million in addition to $43.9 million last year, respectively.
The May deadline means that will many well-liked TV shows have finished production, so the effects of the strike wouldn’t be as visible right away. The immediate impact could be on late night talk shows, such as those hosted by Jimmy Fallon in addition to Stephen Colbert, in addition to daytime soap operas.
The timing also means that will the networks could face the uncertainty of a work stoppage when they present their primetime lineups to advertisers next month, kicking off the upfront market, with billions of dollars in ad sales at stake.
sy88pgw (Los Angeles) First published April 24, 2017: 7:51 PM ET