Striking soap scribes on “The Young and the Restless” are in a lather over word that a few WGA members have opted to cross picket lines to write for the show.
“Not a single person who was writing for ‘Y&R’ when we struck has gone (financial) core,” “Y&R” head writer/exec producer Lynn Marie Latham wrote in an e-mail to Daily Variety that was also distributed by the WGA to other media outlets.
On Tuesday, Daily Variety reported that, according to multiple sources, a high-ranking writer-producer on the show had informed the WGA that he planned to give up full membership in the guild in order to keep writing for the soap.
When Daily Variety contacted the WGA about reports of strikebreakers on soaps, the guild said it was “an internal matter that we choose not to discuss.” Producers Sony Pictures Television and Bell Dramatic Serial Co., as well as CBS, also declined to comment, as did the person’s agent. The person did not return two calls seeking comment, though a production assistant on “Y&R” indicated the person was in the office.
Daily Variety’s Tuesday story also reported that, according to one source with knowledge of the situation, two other “Y&R” scribes had opted to go financial core. In fact, while one of those scribes may have worked on “Y&R” in the past, the writers were not staffers on the show at the time the strike commenced.