Connect with us

Entertainment

This time last year, Hollywood writers were on strike. Now many can't find work

This time last year, Hollywood writers were on strike.  Now many can't find work
This time last year, Hollywood writers were on strike.  Now many can't find work

 


This time last year, Hollywood writers were protesting outside the offices of major studios and streaming companies. Throughout their nearly five-month strike, the writers often gathered at Bobs Big Boy, where television host Drew Carey often collected the check.

I remember eating a lot of hash browns, and if it was dinner, they had good soup, says Taylor Orci, who recently returned to the Burbank restaurant to reminisce with writer Bill Wolkoff.

It saved us, agrees Wolkoff. It was a vote of confidence that I believe in writers. Thank you, Drew Carey, for this.

Wolkoff writes and produces the series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. Last year, when the show took a hiatus, he was a Writers Guild of America strike captain outside CBS Studios in Los Angeles. Thanks to the new union contract, he hopes to get higher streaming residuals with each successful season.

This is going to make a noticeable difference in my life, Wolkoff says. And AI protections too. I mean, we adopted contract language that ensures that AI will not replace writers. It is enormous.

But, he admits, he's one of the lucky few Hollywood writers still working today.

Like many others, Taylor Orci is still struggling. A writing job recently fell through, and they're still living on loans, with maxed out credit cards and a baby on the way.

Writer Taylor Orci outside Bob's Big Boy, a restaurant in Burbank.

/ Mandalit du Barco/NPR

/

Mandalit of Barco/NPR

Writer Taylor Orci outside Bob's Big Boy, a restaurant in Burbank.

I knew it was going to be slow, but I thought I would have a job, they say. It's hard to find work right now, especially if you didn't have any before.

“We needed a radical change”

Across town in Encino, Lannet Tachel says union gains help, but in the long run you still have to be one of the lucky few who can get in for the help applies to oneself.

His writing partner Corey Grant agrees: There's not a lot of production these days.

It was hard before the strike. It's even harder now, he said. I think it's a negative reaction because of the strike. I think they're trying to consolidate their pockets a little, but it's less TV, fewer episodes made, tighter budgets, half the shows have been canceled.

    Lanett Tachel and her writing partner Corey Grant.

/ Mandalit of Barco/NPR

/

Mandalit of Barco/NPR

Lanett Tachel and her writing partner Corey Grant.

NPR reached out to eight major studios and streamers for a response. They didn't answer us. But WGA West President Meredith Stiehm says these production changes began before the strike and not because of it. She says there's been a boom, with streaming companies ordering a glut of new shows. But in 2022, the so-called Peak TV went bankrupt.

Netflix announced that it had lost subscribers. Streaming wasn't profitable for anyone. It was something of a failed model. Everyone started to retreat. At the same time, she said, our contract was untenable and we needed a radical change.

Last year, the WGA spent nearly five months on strike starting in May. Actors and artists from the SAG-AFTRA union also went on strike last summer. The writers' union has reached an agreement in principle with the studios in September, with new residual models in streaming, new minimum employment terms for TV gigs, more guaranteed paid work for feature films and other protections. Then, SAG-AFTRA reached their own agreement in principle in November.

When we all returned to work, the decline continued, meaning less content is being commissioned, Stiehm says. And it seems like the studios are sort of regrouping and the writers are feeling the post-Peak TV pinch.

During a recent earnings conference call, SONY Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra said his company wasn't just impacted by the streaming revolution.

We had to go from a pandemic where production was severely limited, to a strike, where no creative work was done for literally seven or eight months, he said. Had to restart. And that's what you're seeing right now.

The industry continues to transform, with declining advertising revenues and layoffs at nearly every entertainment and media company. Last month, Netflix announced that it produce more unscripted material, like reality shows and game shows. Disney said it would offering even more live sports via ESPN over the coming years.

Nick Geisler got his first writing job in Los Angeles in 2018. He was a strike captain outside of Amazon Studios last year. After the strike ended, he said, he returned to the writers' room for a few months for the Disney show. Bunkd: learning the tricks of the trade. But he says he hasn't had much luck with other studios.

There's simply no appetite for risk, Geisler says. And there are a lot of requests for rewrites. Many of them are free. There's a lot of, Hey, we're so, so close. Can you just make these changes and get the message out there? Hey, we'll report this to our superiors tomorrow. Can you do this in three hours? I don't think it's really changed much. Because of the climate we live in, there are a lot of things. Well, I'm just going to do that because there's not much going on.

Now, he says, I'm working on a short film for a writer I met on the picket line.

“This time it’s different”

Things are also tough for those who have been in the industry for decades.

I contact my agent and he tells me it's really bad there. Hopefully the situation will turn around, says Jon Sherman, who hasn't had a writing assignment in three years.

    Jon Sherman began his career in Hollywood thirty years ago.

/ Barco Mandalit/NPR

/

Mandalit of Barco/NPR

Jon Sherman began his career in Hollywood thirty years ago.

He started his career 30 years ago, write for Bill Nye, the scientist. He also wrote and produced the original television series Fraser. Sherman was a WGA strike captain outside of Amazon Studios last year.

This is the first time in my long career, and I am grateful, that I have been laid off for an extended period of time. I've reached a point where I'm like, Oh, this time it's different.

To pay the bills, Sherman says he participated in a dried fruit focus group and a UCLA research study on exercise. He is also now participating in a game show. But he would certainly still like to write for television.

NoteExBulletin News employees are also members of SAG-AFTRA, the actors and performers union that also went on strike last year. However, broadcast journalists are subject to a different contract and were not on strike.

Copyright 2024 NPR

Sources

1/ https://Google.com/

2/ https://www.ksut.org/2024-06-25/this-time-last-year-hollywood-writers-were-on-strike-now-many-cant-find-work

The mention sources can contact us to remove/changing this article

What Are The Main Benefits Of Comparing Car Insurance Quotes Online

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / June 24, 2020, / Compare-autoinsurance.Org has launched a new blog post that presents the main benefits of comparing multiple car insurance quotes. For more info and free online quotes, please visit https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/the-advantages-of-comparing-prices-with-car-insurance-quotes-online/ The modern society has numerous technological advantages. One important advantage is the speed at which information is sent and received. With the help of the internet, the shopping habits of many persons have drastically changed. The car insurance industry hasn't remained untouched by these changes. On the internet, drivers can compare insurance prices and find out which sellers have the best offers. View photos The advantages of comparing online car insurance quotes are the following: Online quotes can be obtained from anywhere and at any time. Unlike physical insurance agencies, websites don't have a specific schedule and they are available at any time. Drivers that have busy working schedules, can compare quotes from anywhere and at any time, even at midnight. Multiple choices. Almost all insurance providers, no matter if they are well-known brands or just local insurers, have an online presence. Online quotes will allow policyholders the chance to discover multiple insurance companies and check their prices. Drivers are no longer required to get quotes from just a few known insurance companies. Also, local and regional insurers can provide lower insurance rates for the same services. Accurate insurance estimates. Online quotes can only be accurate if the customers provide accurate and real info about their car models and driving history. Lying about past driving incidents can make the price estimates to be lower, but when dealing with an insurance company lying to them is useless. Usually, insurance companies will do research about a potential customer before granting him coverage. Online quotes can be sorted easily. Although drivers are recommended to not choose a policy just based on its price, drivers can easily sort quotes by insurance price. Using brokerage websites will allow drivers to get quotes from multiple insurers, thus making the comparison faster and easier. For additional info, money-saving tips, and free car insurance quotes, visit https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/ Compare-autoinsurance.Org is an online provider of life, home, health, and auto insurance quotes. This website is unique because it does not simply stick to one kind of insurance provider, but brings the clients the best deals from many different online insurance carriers. In this way, clients have access to offers from multiple carriers all in one place: this website. On this site, customers have access to quotes for insurance plans from various agencies, such as local or nationwide agencies, brand names insurance companies, etc. "Online quotes can easily help drivers obtain better car insurance deals. All they have to do is to complete an online form with accurate and real info, then compare prices", said Russell Rabichev, Marketing Director of Internet Marketing Company. CONTACT: Company Name: Internet Marketing CompanyPerson for contact Name: Gurgu CPhone Number: (818) 359-3898Email: [email protected]: https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/ SOURCE: Compare-autoinsurance.Org View source version on accesswire.Com:https://www.Accesswire.Com/595055/What-Are-The-Main-Benefits-Of-Comparing-Car-Insurance-Quotes-Online View photos

ExBUlletin

to request, modification Contact us at Here or [email protected]