Possible Hollywood strike

posted by Michael Zoldessy on July 13, 2007 at 7:55 am

The deadline is quickly approaching for writers in the entertainment to reach new contract agreements. The major dispute is over residuals writers receive from DVD sales.

As screenwriters near the start of pivotal labor talks with film studios and TV networks next week, concerns about a possible strike are running high in Hollywood.

Negotiations will begin next Monday on a new three-year contract between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Writers Guild of America.

The idea of essentially deferring a battle over the greatest potential stumbling blocks in lieu of a major study of those issues was floated on Wednesday by several industry chiefs during a briefing.

Read the full story at Reuters.

Comments (5)

ArchStanton007 on July 13, 2007 at 10:48 am

I beleieve contracts with some of the other film unions are also nearing their ends and this is why many films were rushed into production many months back. Right now, production has somewhat slowed down.

moviebuff82 on July 13, 2007 at 6:30 pm

By the time the 2009 schedule comes, there will be fewer movies, TV shows, and trailers made. A box office recession will come, one that will go deeper than the 2005 one. Other forms of entertainment, such as videogames and YouTube, will rise and cater those affected by the possible strike. Not since baseball took a breather has Hollywood expected a strike on the scale of that one that forced a world series to cancel. If it can happen in sports, it might happen in Hollywood. Theater chains will lose money on concessions as well as tickets, with fewer screens for too many movies, and there will be few leftover product. For celebs, that means more time hanging out with loved ones than being on camera, and that’s a good thing.

JohnMessick on July 14, 2007 at 1:10 am

WOW Justin…quite the doom and gloomer aren’t we.

42ndStreetMemories on July 14, 2007 at 5:41 am

Good. We might see more foreign, independent, and revival films and miss out on Ocean’s 18. Theater owners will have to make going to the theater an event again. Dish night, anyone?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 15, 2007 at 3:16 pm

LOL, Jerry. I wasn’t aware that writers were involved in this summer’s crop of record breaking movies.

Oh, yeah, that HARRY POTTER woman.

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