TV Production Halts As Writers Guild Goes On Strike

NBC News reports:

Thousands of unionized scribes who say they are not not paid fairly in the streaming era went on strike just after midnight Tuesday, bringing TV production to a halt. It comes after high-stakes negotiations between a top guild and a trade association representing Hollywood’s marquee studios failed to avert the first walkout in over 15 years.

The board of directors for the Writers Guild of America, which includes West and East branches, voted unanimously to call for a walkout and said writers face an “existential crisis.”

“The companies’ behavior has created a gig economy inside a union work force, and their immovable stance in this negotiation has betrayed a commitment to further devaluing the profession of writing,” the union said in a statement.

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