Ah, 2007. Do you remember what you were doing that year? Well, you might remember that there was a distinct lack of new movies and TV shows that year because of the Writers Guild of America Strike. In 2007, 12,000 screenwriters and TV writers took part in the strike which lasted for 14 weeks and 2 days (100 days). This meant shows like Breaking Bad and The Big Bang Theory were put on hold – and we definitely remember that.
But over the past few weeks, Hollywood has been in a state of limbo, wondering whether history would repeat itself. As it neared the end of their three-year contracts, questions were rife as to whether writers would strike again, because of changing conditions and pay for Hollywood’s writers.
Since the last strike, it was reported that the writers ‘lost more than $287 million in compensation that was never recovered,’ and writers within the Writers Guild of America were worried their services would be renewed for more hours, and less pay. Funnily enough, they weren’t having any of it.
The Guild and the major studios have spent the last 24 hours in furious talks to avoid the strike, and have finally come to an agreement over this past hour. In a memo from the Guild to its writers, they have said:
Your Negotiating Committee is pleased to report we have reached a tentative agreement with the AMPTP that we can recommend for ratification. In it, we made gains in minimums across the board – as well as contribution increases to our Health Plan that should ensure its solvency for years to come… We have won a 15% increase in Pay TV residuals…and for the first time ever, job protection on Parental Leave.
We’re glad this crisis has been averted, and the writers have been averted. Because, you know, we love writers. (Wink) And it means we don’t have to worry about a lack of our favorite shows or all those movie reboots we’ve been promised.