The members of the union's East Coast arm went on strike at the designated deadline of 12:01 a.m. EST. Their West Coast counterparts followed them three hours later.
The East Coast walkout led to the collapse of 10-hour-long talks in Los Angeles between the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which represents the studios...
The WGA, which represents roughly 12,000 screenwriters, said it withdrew its demand for a higher royalty payment on DVDs, a demand that the AMPTP [Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers] had last week described as a "complete roadblock to any further progress." But it said the studios refused to budge on such issues as payment for Internet downloads and streaming video.
As I reported here, the first to feel the pinch will be the late night television shows where the monologues are written daily. Jay Leno has already announced his show would immediately begin running reruns.
Although sitcoms have stockpiled shows, they are likely to be the next to feel the impact of the strike.
Expect to see more reality programming pop up [Ugh!] as those shows do not require writers.