May 4, 2023

One Hollywood Writer on the Industry’s ‘Dire’ Situation

by The Journal

Thousands of Hollywood writers went on strike this week after failing to reach a new contract with studios. The dispute was caused, in part, by the industry’s shift to streaming, which writers say has left them shortchanged. Michael Schur is co-creator of “Parks and Recreation” and was a writer for “The Office” and “Saturday Night Live.” He tells us what’s behind the first writers strike in over 15 years. 

Further Reading and Watching:

- Hollywood Writers Strike Might Give Studios Chance to Slash Costs 

- Late-Night Shows Go Dark Amid Writers Strike 

Further Listening:

- Does the Future of Streaming Look More Like Cable? 

- Netflix Turns to Ads 

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