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AusChron: Writers Strike Hits Texas

AusChron: Writers Strike Hits Texas

How does the WGA strike affect the Central Texas film community? Well, Joe O’Connell explore this, in an article for The Austin Chronicle:

The impact of the strike is already being felt nationally, with the shutdown of talk shows and a number of other television programs. The effect on the Texas film/television industry will likely depend on how long the strike lasts. Friday Night Lights is still shooting its second season around Austin and should continue through the end of the month and probably into December when it runs out of completed scripts.

“It’s business as usual,” according to NBC/Universal spokeswoman Jessica Nevarez. If the strike continues, expect idle crews and disappointed vendors that would have worked through about March. Series television has been the savior for the Texas film industry recently, as more and more studio films have crossed the border to New Mexico and Louisiana, which offer heftier incentives than the $20 million program the Texas Legislature approved this year. In Dallas, Prison Break is expected also to shoot through the end of the month.

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