Studios get rolling with strike plans

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week No details were released but studios could take such measures as stockpiling scripts, accelerating production and shooting movies outside of the United States. The Writers Guild represents 9,500 writers in the film, broadcast, cable and new media industries. Its contract expires in November 2007. The Screen Actors Guild has 120,000 members. Its contract ends in June 2008. In September and October, both unions elected new leadership that has vowed to more aggressively pursue such issues as the share actors and writers get of lucrative DVD sales. Both unions also have fired their top negotiators, who were criticized as being too accommodating. “We’re going to stand up for our members and get our fair share, something we haven’t done in a long time,” new SAG President Alan Rosenberg said. Writers don’t want a strike but studios should not underestimate their resolve, said Patric M. Verrone, president of the Writers Guild, West. “If they are preparing for the worst, I’m not sure they know what the worst is,” he said. SAG struck the studios for three months in 1980 and advertisers for six months in 2000 in a dispute over pay for actors in commercials. The last writers’ strike against the studios was in 1988 and lasted 22 weeks.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hollywood studios have begun drafting plans to deal with strikes by actors and writers even though their contracts have at least two more years to run. The plans could be finalized by early next year, according to a published report. The studios are worried about “strident positions” taken by leaders of the Screen Actors Guild and the Writers Guild of America, West, said J. Nicholas Counter, chief negotiator for the studios. “The truth is we have no choice but to prepare for the worst possible scenario in the next round of bargaining,” he said. last_img read more