Hollywood Writer’s Strike Day 4: Picketers Allegedly Hit by Car
In the ongoing Hollywood writer’s strike, tensions escalated yesterday as picketers were allegedly hit by a car, further intensifying the dispute between writers and producers.
The strike, now in its fourth day, has seen some picketers claiming small victories, while others found themselves in danger due to the incident.
Reports suggest that a group of picketers celebrated a triumph after a nearby production was apparently forced to shut down, indicating that their demands might be gaining traction.
However, another group of picketers faced a hazardous situation when a car struck at least two people.
Susan, reporting live from the university, shed light on the incident.
She interviewed one of the writers who witnessed the incident and stated that a blue sedan emerged from the Universal lot and accelerated towards the picketers.
The writer confirmed that he returned to the picket line unharmed, but this incident has raised concerns about growing animosity against the writers.
Although there have been some small victories for the picketers, such as shutting down a location shoot, the support for the strike is not universal.
Car horns, symbolizing solidarity, echoed throughout the picket lines as the Writers Guild of America pushed for improved working conditions and better pay.
However, amidst the noise of support, there are indications that not everyone in the industry is fully behind the writers’ cause.
Sean DePasquale, one of the writers, took to Twitter to share his experience of being struck by a car while leaving the Universal production lot.
He described the driver as intentionally hitting them and then flipping them off before driving away.
This incident has further fueled the determination of the writers on the picket line in Burbank.
The strike has brought attention to the profits being generated by the streaming business, with the Writers Guild of America calling for a fair share.
Jason Gavin, a writer who recently finished working on a Marvel show called “Echo,” emphasized the potential for growth and increased profits within the industry.
He expressed solidarity with the writers, stating that it is not unfair to ask for equal sharing of the profits.
Other industry unions, including actor Nelson Franklin from “Veep,” voiced their support for the strike.
They highlighted the importance of employing all the individuals involved in creating a show, from writers to showrunners, to ensure the production’s quality.
Although it may come at a high cost, they argue that it also generates substantial revenue.
The strike’s impact extends beyond the studios, affecting the local economy as well.
Warner Brothers studio, a significant part of Burbank’s economy, has prompted the mayor to support the strike while preparing for potential economic downturn.
The city is exploring cost-saving measures and ways to support those affected, particularly small businesses in the area.
While the strike enters its second week, the first full week saw a minor victory for the writers on a street off Coldwater Canyon.
Picketers successfully shut down a location shoot, causing trucks to turn away and halting production for the day.
However, there has been no response from the Producers Alliance regarding the strike or the recent announcement of Warner Brothers Media Discovery’s $50 million profit for the quarter.
The impact of this announcement on the negotiations remains uncertain.