With a May 2 negotiating deadline right around the corner, a push from plenty of writers via social media, and an overwhelming vote yesterday in favor of authorizing a strike, it’s safe to assume that the Writers Guild of America (WGA) may again go on the picket line, aiming for fairer wages and a better health care plan. If you want more the details on why the guild is prepared to strike, we wrote a primer on everything you need to know.
WGA strikes aren’t entirely uncommon: in the last 60 years, they’ve gone on strike four times, the longest one taking 155 days in 1988. Most recently, the WGA went on strike for 100 days between November 2007 and February 2008. Because the landscape of film and TV had changed drastically since the 1988 strike, the impact on audiences was felt a little bit more notably. Relative to the current situation, looking back at the 2007-08 strike may offer a peek into what we can expect as audience members, presuming that the WGA goes on strike again next week.
In the world of film, there won’t be an immediate impact for audiences. (You can breathe a sigh of relief now.) This summer’s big new movies, from Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2. all the way through War of the Planet of the Apes and beyond, are either completely finished or in the late stages of post-production. Though many a summer movie gets rewritten on the fly while production commences, few (at most) would be rewritten this late in the process of locking the picture. Whatever changes have occurred in the past decade in the world of TV, there likely won’t be a radical amount of differ