Hollywood Writers Strike - What Will Happen To Your Favorite TV Shows?
The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and the Writers Guild of America (WGA) failed to come to an agreement, and the WGA's three-year contract ended, so the Hollywood Writers Strike happened at midnight.
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The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers(AMPTP) and the Writers Guild of America (WGA) failed to come to an agreement, and the WGA's three-year contract ended, so the Hollywood Writers Strikehappened at midnight. The writers asked for a number of changes to how they were paid, how their jobs were threatened, and how they were treated at work. Many of their requests have to do with how streaming has totally changed how the business works.
Hollywood writers are on strike because they couldn't come to an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers. They want companies like Netflix, Disney, and Warner Bros. to pay them fairly. It's the first time in more than 15 years that Hollywood writers have gone on strike. As a result, a number of TV shows will have to stop making new episodes.
The WGA's plan for what it wanted was clear and made sure that writers could earn a living. They even wanted to ban the use of AI in the future. The studio heads fought back by holding meetings every year to talk about how the technology was improving. In a statement, the guild's leaders told their members:
All writers know that the companies have broken this business. They have taken so much from the people who made them rich, the artists. But what they can't take away from us is each other, our unity, and our shared determination to save ourselves and this job we love.- Writers Guild of America
Late-night talk shows like "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" are likely to go off the air and start showing reruns right away. That means you won't be able to watch new episodes on regular networks or on services like Hulu and Peacock that let you watch them the next day.
The next thing that could be changed is daytime soap operas, which are usually written right before they are shot. The episodes for the next few weeks have already been written and shot, so the comedies and dramas that are currently on should be able to finish their seasons without any breaks.
Scripted dramas and comedies, on the other hand, are made far enough in advance that a direct impact won't be felt for a few months, while ideally, negotiations take place. Even though the first steps of making and writing scripts for fall shows start in the spring and summer. Streaming services like Netflix, where most of the demand is focused, aren't worried at all right now because they already have a long list of new releases coming out.
It has been 15 years since writers last went on strike. The last time it happened, it started at the end of 2007 and went on for 100 days. If the two sides can't come to an understanding soon, Hollywood will feel the effects of this strike for months to come. So, while the strike is happening, viewers will have less reason to say that there is nothing to watch. If you have a big list of shows you haven't had time to watch yet, a strike could give you a chance to catch up.
The Hollywood Writers Strike on May 2 has raised a lot of questions about the future of TV shows that are currently on the air or online and those that are coming up. The group went on strike for 100 days in 2007 and 2008, which is 15 years ago. Since then, streaming services like Netflix have been shaking up the entertainment business.