Lessons From the Writer's Strike - The Bad

By Brandon Fitzgibbon

The Writers’ Guild of America strike has come to an end and everything is fine right? Well, not so fast. Although we are all excited to have our favourite actors and shows returning to our TV sets, reports show that Hollywood has been left with a dent that will be hard to repair.

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Courtesy shot, Illustration by Laura Cicchirillo

According to the L.A. Times, the American economy lost a whopping $3 billion. Of that figure, an “estimated $772 million came from lost wages for writers and production workers, $981 million from various businesses that service the industry, and $1.3 billion from the ripple effect of consumers not spending as much at retail shops, restaurants and car dealers.”

The Writers’ Guild of Canada was unable to pick up any strike work because of a pact made with the writers in America, says David Kinahan, director of communications of the Guild. Talent agencies across the country lost business as the industry became flooded with actors from south of the border, says Susan J. Burych, creat or of Susan       J. Model and Talent Management. Canadianactors were left without a stage to perform their craft. As roles became scarcer, ‘A’ level actors were auditioning for ‘B’ level roles, creating a tiered system, where the lower level actors found themselves scrambling for work, Burych says.

But it’s all over, the business will resume and hopefully everyone will get back on track. Unfortunately, we may have to go through this all over again - a Screen Actors Guild strike may be right around the bend.

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