It looks like there is going to be another writer’s strike on the Hollywood horizon. Jonathan Handel of The Hollywood Reporter informs that the WGA (Writer’s Guild of America) convened a meeting on April 18th in which the members discussed the issue of whether or not to cease writing for major studios until they received proper compensation. According to posts on social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, from several members of the WGA, there was a definite sense of solidarity. The votes on this topic are coming in and will be announced in the next couple of weeks, on May 1st or shortly thereafter. The anticipated result is a “yes” to going on strike if the writers do not see an increase in financial compensation.
Many doubt that the studios will comply with the requests of the WGA. According to Handel, the studios were most recently reported as willing to give $180 million while the WGA is asking for around $535 million. This is a large gap that the studios are unlikely to close. That being said, a writer’s strike may begin in just a few weeks, which could mean a rocky time for films and television series. Handel contends that this action may drive viewers away from major films and cable stations and into the arms of more independent media online. One can only foresee a decrease in quality on popular media, which happened during the last WGA strike in 2007-2008.