As Hollywood Writers’ Contract Ends, Studios are More Vulnerable

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The Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, where “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” is filmed. The CBS show is among those that could be hurt if movie and television writers go on strike. Credit Chad Batka for The New York Times

Reprinted from The New York Times by 

The clock is ticking.

As early as Tuesday, television and movie writers could go on strike, creating the first major work stoppage in the entertainment industry in a decade. …

This time, negotiators are locking horns over more routine employment matters, including the shoring up of a faltering health care plan. The talks have been tense but not openly hostile. A federal mediator has not stepped in. And production companies have done almost nothing to prepare for a strike, which seems to signal that they may ultimately be prepared to offer a deal palatable to the writers. …

NY Times 4/28

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