Writers Guild of America to resume contract talks; Is strike imminent?

The last writers strike that ended in 2008 took 100 days to resolve. It's considered a foregone conclusion that most of the 12,000 or so Guild members will authorize a strike this time around if a new deal isn't reached

The Guild's president wrote on Facebook about the vote, describing how "this authorization is the single best and largest piece of leverage we have to get writers what they need and deserve".

WGAW's ten-year contract with the AMPTP, a trade association representing studios, expires on May 1. Pretty much every show on television has writers, and they're nearly universally represented by - and beholden to - the WGA.

WGA officials point to a recent two-season survey to support their position that the average incomes of TV writer-producers are in decline, but the guild's contract doesn't cover the wages of producers.

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Enjoy your favorite scripted and late night shows while you can. Moviegoers would not experience immediate effects; studios have finished shooting most summer and autumn movies. And with the rise of anthologies, miniseries and TV events, episode counts are shortening even more. That's when the current contract runs out. Many scripted shows, such as "30 Rock" and "Heroes", cut their seasons short. So a series writing job pays less. This is all happening while many studios are pulling in record amounts of profits.

Writers want studios to help make up the shortfalls, which can total tens of millions of dollars a year. The other relates to WGA pension and health care plans, which seem to be on the verge of collapse.

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When would the strike start?

United States networks could be left without some of their key shows in the coming months after more than 96% of the Writers Guild of America (WGA)'s members voted to allow strike action. It just gives the guild the permission to call a strike.

What shows would be affected? The fall television season, he explains, could be "significantly" affected.

The last time the WGA went on strike, it lasted from November of 2007 to February of 2008. The WGA says that the number of weeks of work per episode has been increasing to three weeks per episode in short series, whereas two weeks was the preexisting norm.

The world we've come to think of as the world of "peak TV", where over 400 scripted TV shows aired in primetime past year, on dozens of different networks, is one that often stays just barely ahead of production. "The 2007 Writers Strike hurt everyone". Episodes that have yet to be written and shows that are still in pre-production could fade to black for the duration of the walk-out, resorting in some networks having to air reruns.

The impact a strike would have on movies is less clear, since we don't know how long it would theoretically go on.

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