Members of the Writers Guild of America went on strike for the first time in 15 years on 2 May. The strike began the day after the previous contract expired, when, among other things, negotiations about payment and the residual value of the streaming failed.
The strike's impact was felt immediately, as late-night talk shows began repeats and the MTV Movie & TV Awards canceled the live portion of their show after host Drew Barrymore and other presenters pulled out in solidarity.
Experiencing strikes in Hollywood is not uncommon, in fact this strike will be the eight WGA strike since the 1950s. The last program, which began in late 2007, ran for 100 days and ensured authors received a share of the revenue when their content made it onto the web. Rapid shifts in how we consume media are also at the heart of this strike, as streaming leftovers have been a major sticking point.
The strike made headlines across the country and even some places in the world with many people supporting our creative writers. The strike has also reached a little classroom which immediately shared their support. According to film and television writer Tyler Ruggieri, a sixth grader in Los Angeles found out about the strike and wanted to show his support.
The WGA picket line at Fox just got a huge delivery of letters from students at St. Timothy’s Catholic School in Century City pic.twitter.com/SdQWSJWuMs— Tyler Ruggeri (@t_ruggeri) May 9, 2023