Talks between striking screenwriters and Hollywood studios will resume after Thanksgiving after beginning on November 5.
The walkout by the 12,000 members of the Writers Guild of America began following talks between the guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers failed to be resolved. Writers felt they were not being compensated fairly from their work that was distributed through digital downloads or online ad revenue from the shows they write. Negotiations will resume on November 26
The Writers Guild of America West President Patric Verrone, Executive Director David Young and lead negotiator John Bowman, met with counterparts from the studios earlier last week for talks. Media Conmpanies present included Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger, News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Peter Chernin and Nick Counter, president of the AMPTP, which negotiates on behalf of the studios.
The strike's biggest impact has been on television. Many of the late-night talk and variety shows including the popular The Office, on NBC, a unit of General Electric Co., and CBS Corp.'s Big Bang Theory were almost put off the air due to lack of scripts.
Broadway shows are still canceled. In the second week since a walkout by writers has caused most Broadway productions through the Thanksgiving weekend.