There are lots of shows, like game shows, documentaries and talk shows, where writing is supposed to be covered under our contract. The companies sometimes just ignore the contract.
A writers strike may benefit one tiny slice of the post-production community. Picture editors with writing experience are more in demand when reality TV and documentaries are hot. Freelance editor Stephanie Hubbard told Daily Variety that because of reality programming, "there's a slight advantage for editors who can write. It will put that gray area of editors who also write more in the spotlight."
In the end, though, it's not this strike that really puts fear in the hearts of the post community.
"The big one is going to happen when SAG strikes," said James Hardy, CEO of HTV Illuminate. "That's going to be the real blow to everybody, not just us. The dry cleaners, the restaurants. ... This is just a small little tremor before the big one."
Oh, and just in response to the "Who cares if screenwriters suck? They're all hacks" thing..
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