Writers’ block: Hollywood strike is pulling the plug on productions

Hollywood writers picketing to preserve pay and job security outside major studios and streamers braced for a long fight at the outset of a strike that immediately forced late-night shows into hiatus, put other productions on pause, and had the entire industry slowing its roll.

The first Hollywood strike in 15 years commenced Tuesday as the 11,500 members of the Writers Guild of America stopped working when their contract expired.

The union is seeking higher minimum pay, more writers per show, and less exclusivity on single projects, among other demands – all conditions it says have been diminished in the content boom of the streaming era.

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