Hollywood writers overwhelmingly approve strike

Writers Guild members protest in Century City in 2007

Writers Guild members protest in Century City in 2007

The leaders of the Writers Guild of America (both from the East and West chapters), announced the authorization, with 96 percent of its 6,310 eligible members voting "yes" for the strike. More than 90 percent of members of the guild voted on Monday to authorize a strike against Hollywood studios and producers. The writers' guild is reportedly asking for an upgraded health plan for writers and of course, bigger earnings since they do a lot of work in creating plots that make it possible to produce shows and movies.

But, fans of The Walking Dead will certainly be disappointed if a strike goes ahead as the show is now in production for season eight.

A strike could begin on May 2 meaning many U.S. television programmes will be delayed and won't be aired in their usual slot.

Each episode for these late-night shows is written on a day by day basis as monologues, comic bits and skits are often based on highly perishable breaking news, gossip and political stories.

Viewers will be no doubt be hoping that a strike doesn't go ahead as the previous one lasted for four months back in 2007. Shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah need fresh material every day. Reality shows (which are covered by a different contract) and reruns dominated the airwaves. On streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon, a season can be 13 episodes or even 10.

After postponing talks for a week, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) still haven't come to an agreement after finally resuming talks on April 25.

The New York Times suggests that a writers strike could have serious negative effects on the TV industry, which has already seen ratings decline as more viewers opt out of cable packages or shift to streaming platforms.

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