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Hollywood writers agree to end strike

After nearly five months, Hollywood writers ended their strike. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) said in a statement: “The WGA reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on a new three-year Minimum Basic Agreement. On September 26th, the Negotiating Committee, the WGAW Board and WGAE Council all voted […]

September 27, 2023

Data: Majority of US support Hollywood strikes

Americans are broadly aware of Hollywood writers and actors going on strike, with 74 per cent of adults saying they have heard of it, according to data presented by Samba TV. Baby boomers and silent generation adults are most aware compared to other generations.  The majority of all generations support the strike, including 4 in […]

September 27, 2023

Breakthrough talks in Hollywood writers’ strike

A tentative deal with studios has reportedly been reached that could see the Hollywood writers’ strike, that has lasted nearly five months, come to an end. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) said the proposed deal was “exceptional – with meaningful gains and protections for writers,” reported the BBC. WGA members must still have a […]

September 25, 2023

Sky News presents Behind the Strikes

In a new documentary, Behind the Strikes, Sky News takes cameras behind the scenes of two of the biggest and most disruptive trade union industrial disputes of 2023, teachers and nurses. The story is told through the lens of two women: Pat Cullen, the Royal College of Nursing’s General Secretary and Dr Mary Bousted, the […]

August 30, 2023

Writers and studios back in talks

Negotiators for striking Hollywood writers and the major studios will return to the negotiating table at the end of this week as the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike marked more than 100 days. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the group representing studios, is expected to provide responses to proposals from the […]

August 11, 2023

Data: Strike impacting ad spending

According to media data and collaborative planning tools specialist Guideline, June 2023 marked the third lowest month in nearly seven years for proportion of spend against new entertainment programming (20.9 per cent) versus repeat entertainment programming (79 per cent). This is the deepest dip in share since the pandemic. According to Guideline, the WGA and […]

August 10, 2023

Strike pushes back Emmys

Emmy organisers have announced the awards event will be rescheduled to January 15th 2024 – four months later than its original date in mid-September – as a result of the writers and actors strike The unions representing the actors and writers have said their compensation levels and working conditions have deteriorated because of the rise […]

August 10, 2023

Study: US broadcasters face heavy strike-related losses

Findings from advertising intelligence and sales enablement platform MediaRadar reveal the potential financial challenges that may arise as a result of the Hollywood actors and writers’ strike. TV advertising up until June 2023 amounted to over $26 billion (€23.5bn), representing contributions from more than 8,500 brands. MediaRadar’s research reveals that talk shows, soap operas, and […]

July 31, 2023

Tony Awards back on TV

The upcoming 2023 Tony Awards will now be televised on June 11th. Previous announcements said the telecast would be cancelled because of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike. The WGA has confirmed it will not now picket the Awards. The news comes after the Broadway League and American Theatre Wing, which jointly present the […]

May 17, 2023By Chris Forrester

TV coverage of Tony Awards cancelled

The Annual Tony Awards, this year the 76th, for the best of Broadway theatre entertainment will not be televised. The June 11th planned broadcast has been scrubbed because of the Writers Guild of America strike action. The organising committee of the Tony Awards are meeting to decide on their next move. One option is to […]

May 15, 2023By Chris Forrester