Arnie seeking to ‘terminate’ Hollywood screenwriters’ strike

November 14th, 2007 - 10:23 am ICT by admin  

He said that the strike, called by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) over a disagreement over royalty payments, was affecting his State’s economy adversely.

“I think it’s very important we settle that as quickly as possible, because it has a tremendous economic impact on our state,” the BBC quoted the former actor as saying.

Television production was badly hit as writers joined the strike on Monday, and several late-night talk shows were forced into screening immediate repeats.

Should the strike continue, most scripted comedies and prime-time dramas may have to shut down production by the end of November.

Due to the stoppage of production, hundreds of crewmembers-hairstylists, make-up artists, camera operators, carpenters etc-have been rendered unemployed.

“That’s the sad story, because the studio executives are not going to suffer, the union leaders are not going to suffer, the writers that are striking, they are not going to suffer. Those are all people that have money,” Schwarzenegger said.

The writers’ union is seeking extra payments for their work when it is re-used on other platforms such as DVDs, the internet, and mobile phones. (ANI)

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