Film and television writers in the USA have come to an agreement with the major studios. They will go back to work after a 14-week strike which has been the worst labour clash to hit the industry in 20 years.
On Tuesday, 92,5 per cent of the 3,775 members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) voted the back-to-work order. “The strike is over”, said Patrick Verrone, the west-coast president of WGA. As a consequence, the 10,500 writers of the West coast, who stopped working on November 5, shortly after the end of their old contract with studios, will go back to work in the upcoming days.
Leslie Moonves, head of the CBS network assured that “at the end of the day everybody won”. According to the studios, new TV programmes won’t emerge before at least two months. And all shows won’t come back.
The studios will have to decide which ones of the 65 affected series will come back on our screens. It will probably be the hits : House, CSI, Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives.
For those, like me, who like the shows with a continuing storyline, they will have to wait longer. Many networks have decided to wait until they can show the entire season. For example, Heroes will probably stay off air until the new season in automn in the US.