Possible strike puts studios in overdrive
THE Hollywood studios have stuffed their summer 2007 schedules with blockbusters and franchise pictures, but executives are looking anxiously down the line to November 1st, when Writers Guild of America members are threatening to strike unless terms are agreed on crucial issues such as digital downloads. In anticipation of an impasse, the studios are pushing forward script delivery dates and accelerating production plans.
“No studio is going to get caught short,” one executive told Variety. “We are starting to book space in advance and analysing the pipeline and the schedule. The uncertainty adds in layers of complexity to what’s already a tough decision.”