Film and television writers in the US went on strike yesterday to demand compensation for their work. It may take some time for the strike to affect TV series and movies, but it depends on how long it lasts.
More than 11,000 members of the Writers Guild of America went on strike Tuesday afternoon. They began protesting on so-called picket lines at studios like Warner Bros., Disney and Netflix.
Plenty of protest information on the WGA/Image Writer Guild of America website
According to the WGA’s strike rules, work on television or film projects during the strike is prohibited. It has a direct influence on America’s first late night shows, where writers are responsible for writing topical jokes.
A continued strike could force them to cut their seasons or postpone filming. But if the strike continues this summer, television’s fall season will be delayed.
Moviegoers don’t notice the effects of the strike until it’s over. But if the strike in the US continues for a long time, cinema films will suffer just like during the Corona pandemic. According to the US media, cinema films may face severe consequences in the last quarter of 2023 or early 2024.
Writers are on strike because their compensation doesn’t match the revenue generated during the streaming period. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents television networks, streamers and studios, said it would offer “generous compensation” to writers, but the offer was not accepted.
It was the WGA’s first strike since 2007-2008. The strike then lasted for 100 days, disrupting the production of various serials and films.
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