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Writers Vote to End Strike

February 14, 2008 05:58 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Television writers return to work this week. Shows will return soon, but perhaps too late to recapture all of their audience.

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Television junkies can rejoice. Members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly to go back to work immediately this week. Writers and the studios were able to iron out their differences with regard to compensation for shows watched and sold on the Internet.

This strike did not break the record for the guild’s longest. The one in 1988, which lasted for five months, still holds that record.

Though the writers are going back to work, and some show creators have pledged to work around the clock, only a few new shows are expected to air this month. The shows that have been stalled will probably return in April.

The strike’s end means thousands of people in other parts of television production and ancillary industries can return to work, too. Officials estimated that workers in Los Angeles lost more than $2 billion in wages during the strike.

Other union leaders welcomed the end of the strike. Michael Apted, head of the Directors Guild of America, said, “The last three months have been painful ones for tens of thousands of working people in and around the entertainment industry, and like everyone else, our members are now eager to get back to work.”

But the strike has lingering effects and raises the question of how many viewers will return and what will happen to the glitzy May network ritual known as the upfront.

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