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Brace Yourself…Your Favorite Shows are on the Verge of Disappearing

It doesn’t matter which shows are your favorite.  You may see them disappear for a while.  I can remember when I was growing up, we had 3 channels we could watch and if the president was on, all three would be broadcasting that.  “OMG!  The president is on.  We’re going to miss Flipper.”  I lived in Ohio but we didn’t get any Ohio shows, we got West Virginia.

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But now we are facing the loss of our shows for an indefinite period as the television writers are on the cusp of a walkout.  The writers have already voted to give the union the authorization to call for a walkout if negotiations stall.  The writers are asking for more money for wages, pensions and healthcare.  Over the past couple of years, their salaries have dropped because they are paid by the episode and most of the shows now have less episodes per year.

Negotiations between the writers and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) began March 13, but recently broke off, according to Deadline, after writers asserted that AMPTP officials responded no to “virtually every proposal.”

After negotiations began with relative calm, the guild’s negotiating committee informed its members Friday that they have unanimously recommended that the “WGAW Board of Directors and WGAE Council conduct a strike authorization vote by the membership,” which both organizations have now done.

The AMPTP issued its own statement, telling Deadline that, “the WGA broke off negotiations at an early stage in the process in order to secure a strike vote rather than directing its efforts at reaching an agreement at the bargaining table.”

The average yearly salary for a television writer is $194,478 and $191,267 for film writers.

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