You may have noticed that some of your newer favorite shows have significantly less episodes per season than your older ones. This is a growing trend as networks try to make their shows longer and more cinematic, which can make for better entertainment as far as viewers are concerned, but seeing as writers are paid per-episode, it’s caused a lot of uneasiness among them.
Usually when a writer signs onto a show, they’re also signing an exclusivity agreement that limits the amount of other shows they can write for. In order to keep their members afloat during off-seasons, the WGA is looking for a loosening of these agreements as well as an official definition of what a season or “span” constitutes.
The last strike took place 10 years ago in November of 2007 and lasted for 100 days. According to the WGA’s Executive Director, the strike of ’07-’08 resulted in the loss of about 25% of scripted programming for those years.
While this will undoubtedly stifle major production, the strike will primarily affect TV, especially late-night shows. But it doesn’t have to put the brakes on independent film. Remember “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”? The hit web series was created by Joss Whedon during the last strike, and to this day, has a huge following. So remember, it’s important to keep creating no matter the climate!
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