TV Production May SAG Again
It delayed the new series of 24, and resulted in shorter seasons for many of our favourite shows like CSI and Desperate Housewives. Now it would seem another US strike is on the cards for the Screen Actors’ Guild. Sigh.
Once again, the kerfuffle is about distribution rights of clips online. Despite a LOT of negotiations mediated by a third party, the SAG is balloting to propose an authorisation for a strike to go ahead sometime early next year. It’s all a bit confusing isn’t it? All we need to know over here is that if this does happen it would appear either the Golden Globes or the Academy Awards will be hugely affected, not to mention several TV production schedules. Most filming of 2010/2011 TV series were due to begin around that time, so we may not see the effect of a strike on our screens realistically until the year-after-next. However, once again it will probably mean fewer episodes per season. The old 22-episode season is fast becoming a myth in the current economy!