Tinseltown is still recovering from industrial action by writers. Now, actors are in the starring role, amid fears a pay dispute could bring the Hollywood entertainment industry to its knees again. The major studios know what is at stake. When writers walked off the job, production on many TV series ground to a halt. Even awards ceremonies were hit. The 100-day strike ended in February with a compromise.
This time round, some of the same issues remain. Like the scriptwriters before them, actors believe they are not being adequately rewarded for DVD sales or when their work appears on the Internet.
With its current contract now expired, the Screen Actors Guild is considering a final offer. In the meantime, the studios say the industry has already been hit, warning a “de facto’ strike is underway.