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Writers strike could affect Wilmington

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WILMINGTON -- A strike by the Writers Guild of America could affect our economy here in Wilmington. Wilmington has been the set for multiple movies and TV shows that have contributed millions of dollars to the local economy. But without scripts, the industry will have less content to produce -- and less money to spend. The CW network's "One Tree Hill" is currently the largest project filmed here in Wilmington. According to the local Screen Gems Studios, the show spends more than $1 million an episode on goods and services provided by local businesses. The show currently has enough scripts already written to keep production on-track through December if writers strike. But if the issue is not resolved by then, ten of this season's episodes could be lost -- along with the revenue that comes with them. Screen Gems Studios Executive Vice President Bill Vassar said, "The people who do the catering for the show, the people who do craft services for the show, right down to the grocery store that provides the snacks in the offices. That money won't get spent." Vassar says if production of "One Tree Hill" is cut short, up 125 crew members -- most of whom are local -- will lose their jobs. Some local cameramen and businesses who serve the TV and film industry said they're concerned about the strike. Some already started looking for other sources of income until these issues are resolved.

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"Writer's" strike

Why should these people be rewarded for the tripe that is foisted on the various TV channels and movie screens. I remember when NEWS REPORTERS wrote their own scripts. I remember LIVE theater and drama productions. I remember Rod Serling and Jerry McNeely and Edward R. Murrow. The "writer's" today don't deserve to be related to these qualified, educated, ethical and responsible people.

Well, if the writers weren't striking.....

....none of these bad things would happen. If local workers are lain off when production shuts down, they have no one but the writer's union to blame. As Red Steagall wrote, "If you don't like your job, move on down the road and find a horse that your saddle fits." Don't whine about or gripe about it while you're collecting those checks.

writers

Maybe if the writers came up with a script that didn't suck we might actually miss them...

The film industry's contribution...

to our local economy is a mere speck of sand on the beach compared to our total economy. Sadly, a writer's strike will affect a few, but the same was said about the sewer moratorium and what a devastating affect it was going to have economically. Didn't happen, did it! This story really isn't newsworthy.

Amen...

Amen...