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Screenwriters on strike in US

Issue No. 2076

A solid strike by US screenwriters, which began on Monday of this week, is severely hitting the US television networks.

Some 12,000 screenwriters began a strike because of discontent with current deals on DVD sales and the internet distribution of TV and film content.

The companies are making profits from the internet and DVD sales. Writers feel that their share, along with those of other workers, is declining.

This is the first strike by screenwriters in the Writers Guild of America (WGA) since 1988. Around 3,000 screenwriters gathered on Thursday of last week in Los Angeles to cheer the decision to recommend a strike.

On Monday they began picketing every major studio in Los Angeles, as well as media firm NBC’s New York headquarters.


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International
Tue 6 Nov 2007, 18:49 GMT
Issue No. 2076
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