Hollywood Writers Strike Over Fair Pay and Working Conditions, Disrupting TV and Film Productions

Hollywood Writers Strike Over Fair Pay and Working Conditions, Disrupting TV and Film Productions

...By Larry John for TDPel Media.

The Writers’ Guild of America (WGA), which represents over 11,500 writers in the entertainment industry, has said that the studios have slashed compensation and residuals, which is undermining the working conditions for writers.


The major walkout of writers is the first in 15 years and has been sparked by six weeks of high-stakes negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

The WGA had been hoping for a fair deal through reasonable conversation, but the studios’ responses were deemed insufficient, which led to the strike.

Late-night talk shows, which rely on writers making gags about the latest news, are set to be affected, as will streaming series and film productions.

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Producers of scripted drama and comedy series may also be forced to cut seasons short and stop or delay filming during the strike.

Writers are also planning picket lines and protests outside some of Hollywood’s biggest filming centres.

The WGA has said that amid the explosion of streaming platforms, median writer-producer pay has declined by 4% (23% when adjusted for inflation).


The group has also said that the companies have used the transition to streaming to cut writer pay and separate writing from production, worsening working conditions for writers at all levels.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said it is committed to reaching a fair and reasonable agreement with the WGA, and it has been working towards this.

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It represents major film studios, such as Disney, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros, plus top broadcast television networks, such as ABC, CBS, and NBC.

It also represents the leading streaming services, including Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon.

The strike has already led to the delay of the development of the last season of Stranger Things and the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel.

The writers’ room for A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight for the Max streaming service was closed by the WGA.

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The strikes are ongoing, and the WGA has planned picket lines and protests to take place outside Hollywood’s major filming centres.

The strike highlights the ongoing struggle of writers in the entertainment industry to receive fair pay and working conditions.


As the industry shifts to streaming platforms, writers are increasingly finding it challenging to operate and have seen their median pay decline, according to WGA statistics.

The strike is likely to cause a significant disruption to the industry, affecting a wide range of shows and productions, and could ultimately lead to changes in the way writers are compensated and treated.

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