Writers’ Guild leaders see opportunity for pay increase and medical benefits in strike that jeopardizes the new network’s debut show, according to a story in today’s Wall Street Journal.
The CW’s plan to launch with a special episode of America’s Top Model appears threatened, thanks to a strike by a dozen writers, who walked off the show July 21, according to story in today’s Wall Street Journal.
Producer Anisa Productions maintains that the Writers Guild should follow its usual procedures, which require a secret ballot of workers to decide whether to unionize. Writers Guild leaders maintain that process would take too long.
Reality show writers are typically hired as writer-producers, to mask the fact that reality shows are actually heavily managed. The Journal story, which appears in the Marketplace section, notes that the Guild is also preparing for contract negotiations with studios this spring. Those talks are likely to include confrontation over proliferating new media.