The likely WGA strike has been widely covered in mainstream and trade media in recent days. "In the near term, a writers' strike will have an immediate impact on more than 200,000 workers in the movie and TV industry here and the thousands more who produce or sell entertainment elsewhere in the United States and abroad," noted The New York Times on Friday. "The last time the WGA went on strike, restless viewers turned to cable, sending the category into a growth spurt that continues to this day. With a writers strike looking increasingly likely, the question looming over digital Hollywood is: Can the Web become the cable of 2007?," posed The Hollywood Reporter. While numerous outlets have summarized that the negotiations between writers and executives hinge on shares of revenue from DVD and new media outlets. "The WGA put out its 25-item 'pattern of demands,' which emphasize that writers must be compensated appropriately when their work is played on digital platforms like the internet or cell phones...What's up for grabs are 'residuals,' payments that writers get when a movie they wrote is re-aired on TV, or when a TV show goes into syndication," reported CNBC.
By Indiewire | Indiewire November 2, 2007 at 9:41AM