Hollywood Writers Threaten To Strike

  • Both television and movie writers in Hollywood are pushing media companies for better pay or threatening to strike. A strike is going to disrupt the industry recovering from the covid-19 pandemic and under pressure to make streaming more beneficial. Negotiators for the Writers Guild of America (WGA) asked about 11,500 members to give them the power to call a strike if the contract talks break down. The writers’ vote closes on Monday and the tally will be released shortly.
  • A strike authorization can potentially increase the heat on media giants such as Walt Disney Co and Netflix Inc., and convince them to raise the writers’ pay. As per the members, their compensation is suffering from streaming which leads to shorter seasons and smaller payments. “We feel like we’ve been undervalued for years,” stated John August. August is a screenwriter on the negotiating committee. “This is the moment to have a conversation about how we’re making television right now and making sure writers are paid properly,” he added.
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