Hollywood’s film and TV writers went on strike yesterday morning after the negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television producers failed. The writers guild and the Hollywood studios are too far apart as the writers 3 year contract expires. They can not come to terms with the agreement of payment areas including web TV. For example, there are no terms regarding how much writers should make when web video shows are sold online.
We will not be seeing: NBC’s Tonight Show and Late Night, CBS’s Late Show and Late, Late Show, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and The Colbert Report (According to Tech Crunch).
Depending on how the press decides to spin this it could be a great opportunity for web personalities to shine. Because popular shows will not have fresh and new content their audiences are going to have to look elsewhere to find good compelling content. The Internet TV shows may be the destinations the journalists suggest the audience’s of the Hollywood TV shows to go. If this is what the press does we may see the viewers choosing online content over TV.
How long will the TV writers go on strike? In 1988 this happened for 22 weeks and cost the industry over $500 million dollars. It’s a sad time for the people who like good content on TV, but a good time for online content to grab the attention of users eyeballs. It will be interesting to see how the press spins their reporting. I have a feeling they will tell the audiences to see:
With the launch of my new show this month I hope they may include me too! Only time will tell.