Attention, writers and studios: While you've haggled over how to divvy up the spoils from your work, there's a subculture already jockeying to cash in on your labor misery.
Writers Guild Of America
Far from the WGA picket lines, there's a place where top-tier screenwriters are, in theory, still free to work on movies backed by the U.S. studios.
Both sides in the writers strike proclaim they're eager to get back to the negotiating table -- until you read the fine print.
Screenwriter solidarity begins in the classroom -- and a lesson about union fidelity is being taught to wannabe scribes who don't even have their WGA union cards yet.
A sizeable chunk of WGA members -- who backed the guild with an overwhelming strike authorization and have been walking picket lines -- will break ranks with their union for the first time today.
Jack Bauer's seventh mission has been delayed for the foreseeable future, as Fox announced Wednesday that "24" won't be back until the network can air the entire season, uninterrupted.
What will it take to end the strike? Writers and producers were making progress on key sticking points when negotiations ended abruptly Sunday evening.
As showrunners rallied en masse Wednesday outside the Disney studio gates, the fallout from the three-day-old Writers Guild of America walkout began impacting some of primetime's biggest hits…
Entertainment law firms, especially those at the top echelon, foresee changes wrought by the strike but not a reduction of work.
Hopes for a quick resolution of the writers strike are fading fast. Back-channel efforts have resumed to avert what's now looking like a long and painful work stoppage.
As showrunners start to flex their muscle with plans for a major rally today, sitcom and drama sets are going dark -- in some cases sooner than the nets and studios had anticipated.