by pat howard

STRIKE WATCH | WGA gives the green light

In DVD, Strike Watch on October 21, 2007 at 10:59 am

A looming writer’s strike could change the face of the television season. The Writers Guild of America overwhelmingly approved a strike anytime after their current contract expires Oct. 31.

The strike could come at any time: Nov. 1, as soon as the contract is up; around Christmas, to mess up execs’ vacations; or, on the outside, as late as next summer, when other union contracts are up. My guess is that it’ll definitely be before the end of the year.

Points of contention for the writers include compensation for online viewing and DVD sales. But an unintended potential effect of a strike is likely to be increased DVD sales (at a time when many TV box sets are rolling out for the holidays). Talk about a catch-22.

If there is a strike, it’ll definitely be a new experience for me and my generation. The last time there was a writer’s strike was 1988, when I was three years old.

HISTORY REPEATING | This NYT story about the strike links to archived articles from the paper’s coverage of the ’88 strike

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