With the WGA strike concluded and the SAG-AFTRA strike making strides in negotiations, attention is being turned to what will happen after.
Hollywood Reporter shared a report regarding the September 2023 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report. In that report, its stated that the film and television industries have lost 45 thousand jobs since the strikes began.
The Writers Guild of America went on Strike on May 2nd of this year while SAG-AFTRA began their strike on July 14th.
Will the industry be able to bounce back after seeing such a dramatic loss like that?
In a moment of hopeful optimism, I have to say that it will. But realistically, it may take a few years to bounce back to where it was before the strikes began. As mentioned in a previous article, the members of the major studios were already looking to make hard decisions.
With the writer’s strike over and projects making tentative steps forward, there may be a stop gap on the number of jobs lost. But unfortunately, I do believe we will see that trend continue to rise until productions start up again (which will wait until the conclusion of the SAG-AFTRA strike).
But I am hopeful that with the strides the writers made in their strike that that shows that change may be coming for the industry.
Perhaps we can make our way back towards passion projects like Martin Scorsese talked about.
I’m hoping that those who lost their jobs due to the strike are able to find something quickly as the industry dusts itself off and starts moving forward again. And I hope that this is the start for a new chapter for both film and television.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Featured Image: Writers Guild of America
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