The takeaway here is not that our favorite shows are going to fail, but that through corporate greed and a failure to adjust to the times, television and movie writing has become a depreciated, devalued, and uninviting career. Writers are struggling to make rent, while David Zaslav, the CEO of Warner Bros, makes more than $35 million a year.
This is an existential, necessary move that many writers did not want to do, but did so out of a desire to keep their profession alive and to help lead the way for other unions to act in their own power as negotiations come up with AMPTP later in the year. Overall, writers as asking for $500 million spread across nearly 12,000 writers; this is a 3% increase. Considering the billions of dollars streamers and studios are making, their requests seem pretty reasonable.
You can keep up with how to support writers by visiting the WGA contract site.
We will keep updating this slideshow as we learn of more productions impacted by the ongoing strike.
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