If you feel like you’ve been waiting your whole life for HBO’s Game Of Thrones to return this season, next year might be a whole lot worse.
The Writer’s Guild Of America is fed up and on the verge of striking, which means any work that is currently being done for the fall 2017-2108 television season might come to a screeching halt. If you don’t know much about the WGA, it is the single union that represents all television and film writers that work for major studios and networks.
The writers’ current contract ends May 1st, and they are looking for a better deal. If an agreement can’t be made, then the geniuses behind our favorite TV series could vote to walk out May 2nd. The studios have told The Hollywood Reporter that, “The Companies are committed to reaching a deal at the bargaining table that keeps the industry working.”
The last strike which ran from November 2007 through February 2008 lasted for 14 weeks and pushed back spring premiere dates for quite some time. Still, a delay in TV is the least of our concerns. During the strike of 2007, writers lost $287 million dollars in compensation. Since things move at the speed of light in Hollywood, many deals were lost, and some writers even had to take out loans to pay their bills. Also, which such huge gaps in time, the quality of TV shows dropped significantly, and the economy overall lost a whopping $2 billion dollars.
Obviously, a strike would be pretty crappy for both the studios and the writers. There is a lot of money, time and talent at stake. As negotiations are set to start back up today, let’s hope that some agreement that satisfies both sides can be reached.
Do you think the WGA will have to strike?