“The digital revolution is catching up with TV, but the economic models haven’t,” said Darrell Miller, a managing partner and head of the entertainment practice at law firm Fox Rothschild LLP. “They are fighting because the new media groups are reluctant to transition faster than they have to.”
The writers understand that the future is “content” not quality writing and they need to strike a deal now before the business end of the studios catch on and replace them with cheaper talent.
What is telling is how hard the actors come out and advocate for the writers. All players on the talent side of the house know a strike does as much damage as good. Shows in cusp of renewal get scrapped, and it opens the door even wider for reality based content that does not require high price tag actors and writing staffs.