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Hollywood Preparing For Another Writers' Strike

Hollywood Preparing For Another Writers' Strike

It's déjà vu in Hollywood.

The writers and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers issued a brief statement late Monday saying that they would resume talks on April 25, leaving less than week before the May 1 expiration of their existing contract.

This is Hollywood, which means that even the Writers Guild of America's threat of a strike against the major studios has to contain a cliffhanger. Should a new deal between the pair not materialise by May 2 and the WGA votes to ratify a strike, work on many programmes and films will stop on that date.

If members approve a strike, as they nearly certainly will, and no pact with studios has been reached by May 1, the writers will stop writing and picketing will start the next day. The wealthiest and most successful members, the writer added, "are the ones complaining the most about not getting paid enough". Residuals are fees writers get when a show they wrote runs again.

Among its many requests, the WGA wants studios to give raises and pay more for the guild's health plan.

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Then he jumped out and attacked the officer at Parliament with a blade in each hand, before being shot to death by police. Police said their investigation into the attack would focus on Masood's "motivation, preparation and his associates".

Back in late 2007, members of the WGA went on strike for 100 days.

A second round of talks were suspended last week. On that occasion almost a decade ago, the Los Angeles economy wound up losing roughly $2.5 billion as production abruptly stopped on motion pictures and television programs throughout Hollywood. Production for new seasons typically starts in May or June.

Ironically, a strike would help streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, at a time when networks can ill afford losing ground to their primary competition.

Another day, another meeting or two - and at least one more traffic jam, this one in Beverly Hills as writers flooded into the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles Wednesday night for the third of three in-person meetings to vote on a strike authorization.


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