Crew Workers Suffering in Aftermath of Writers’ Strike

April 30, 2008 08:00 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
TV and film writers have gone back to work, but many production workers are still unemployed thanks to strike-shortened production schedules.

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Crew members who work behind the scenes in Hollywood say that they are still suffering the effects of the standoff earlier this year between studios and writers unions, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Television production is down 45 percent in the first quarter of 2008, and Variety magazine reports that the strike is the reason.

“We predicted it would take some time for television production to get back on its feet after the strike,” said FilmL.A. representative Todd Lindgren.

However, the BBC reports that film production is up 11 percent, due to fears that actors may strike once their contracts with studios end on June 30.

Meanwhile, some observers question whether television has improved since the return of the writers.

“After all the time we have spent apart, did we really miss them that much?” asks Kevin Glenn of the University of Oregon’s Daily Emerald. “It seemed underwhelming,” he said about the return episode of “The Office.”

The 100-day strike pitted the Writers Guild of America against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and ended in February 2008.

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