American screenwriters have launched the biggest strike in 15 years, with the participation of 10,000 writers, writes Forbes USA. The strikers want to achieve a wage increase, a revision of the contracts with the studios. As of May 2, the scriptwriters ceased their professional activities.
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) announced the requirements for authors. The principle of wage formation must be reviewed taking into account the “dramatic changes that have taken place in the industry in recent years”, say the protesters.
The union had previously sanctioned a strike if the WGA did not reach a consensus with the Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) by May 1. The organization represents key movie studios, including Disney, Netflix, Amazon, NBCUniversal and Apple.
The strike was supported by more than 10,000 writers who were members of the union, the WGA said. They added that as of May 2, after six weeks of negotiations, it was not possible to reach an agreement on the revision of the terms of the contracts.
According to CNN, the refusal of writers to work can take more than a month. The publication recalled the previous writers’ strike in 2007, when the production of several dozen projects had to be stopped and suddenly rescheduled. The strike then lasted 100 days and caused $2.1 billion in damage to movie studios.
In addition to the planned feature films, the scriptwriters’ protest may also affect the production of daily and evening television shows.
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