Contract talks between Hollywood writers and producers broke off last night before the midnight deadline for their current labor package to expire. So what does that mean for you as you sit down to watch TV? If entertainment writers go on strike, which many in the film industry predict will happen, production on some of your favorite TV shows could come to an end. The biggest rift between writers and producers is over recent advances in technology in which studios that make the movies and TV shows are profiting from, but the people who write for them are not. Wilmington Film Commission Director Johnny Griffin said, "Six years ago we didn't have the ability to download movies on iPods, downloading movies from the internet." Griffin says if the Writers Guild doesn't get what it wants out of contract negotiations, some of your favorite TV shows may be no more. "Dramatic television shows such as One Tree Hill have enough scripts where they could keep producing shows for about another three to five weeks. After that, they will be out of scripts," Griffin said. "Immediately it will affect our television viewing, your viewing habits, you may see a lot of reruns out there and a lot of reality shows." The series to suffer most would be shows that film day-of, such as Jimmy Kimmel or David Letterman. "Without writers those shows would not be able to exist anymore, they would have to be reruns as well." Griffin says it's not just the entertainment business that would suffer from the strike. Ad agencies and companies that advertise their products on TV would also take a hit. "Then the promises that were made to the advertiser would no longer hold true and so now the networks have to make good for lost revenue for the advertiser." The last time the writers guild went on strike was in 19-88, that strike lasted about six months. The strike caused the fall TV season to start late and cost the industry about $500 million. The Writers Guild plans to meet with producers again in Los Angeles Thursday night to discuss negotiations further.
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