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How writers' and actors' strikes affect what we watch — even years later

Mar 4, 2024
Paramount says it'll continue several experiments it began in response to strike-related production shutdowns last year — because they had proven successful at cutting costs.
Demonstrators carry signs during the screenwriters strike in May 2023.
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How below-the-line workers are surviving the Hollywood strikes

Oct 18, 2023
As actors continue to picket for a better contract, some Hollywood workers are forced to make tough decisions.
Thousands of Hollywood strikers marched from Netflix to the Paramount lot where SAG-AFTRA held a special rally.
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Actors strike kiboshes celebs' role in promotions

Jul 21, 2023
Union members won't be hyping their movies while the work stoppage continues. What will that do to the box office take?
Last week, Hollywood actors joined writers on strike, seeking better payment terms and new rules governing the use of artificial intelligence in the industry.
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How much less are screenwriters getting paid compared to what they used to? 

Jun 8, 2023
The Writers Guild of America has gone on strike over various issues, including pay, which has declined over the past decade.
Writers hold signs while picketing in front of Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California back in May. If the strike lasts for three months, it could cost California's economy $3 billion, based on estimates from the Writers Guild of America.
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A new college grad's Hollywood dreams

Jun 7, 2023
Despite the ongoing writers strike, Troy Cwynar aims for a career in comedy writing.
Amid the ongoing Writers Guild strike, Troy Cwynar hopes for a career in comedy writing.
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Film and TV choreographers are organizing their own union

May 31, 2023
They want the residuals and better working conditions other guilds have obtained for members.
Up until this spring, commercial choreographers — those working in film, television, music and on digital platforms — didn't have a union they could join.
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AI is a major concern for striking writers

Among other things, Hollywood writers are concerned about the potential of artificial intelligence to displace workers.
Writers have been on strike for over twenty days. Streaming and AI big topics of contention between writers and major studios.
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Businesses that serve TV and film productions brace for effects of the writers strike

May 3, 2023
If it's anything like the last writers strike, it could halt production for 100 days.
Writers have been on strike for over twenty days. Streaming and AI big topics of contention between writers and major studios.
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