Writerless Studios May Turn to UK

Transatlantic talent search a possibility; strike marches on
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2007 2:10 PM CST
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, right, joins WGA president Patric Verrone, left, and other pickets from several craft unions on a Writers Guild of America picket line outside Paramount Studios in Los Angeles...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Five days into the Writers Guild strike, studios are looking across the Atlantic to UK screenwriters who don't fall under American union jurisdiction. So far, they're just looking, Variety reports, and the jury's still out on the ethics of the situation. One studio exec says it presents "an extraordinary opportunity," while a top agent advises steering clear.

On the home front, Fox and CBS have issued breach of contract letters to show runners who've stopped coming to work, the New York Times reports. Meanwhile, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called on both sides to make a deal, and soon: The entertainment industry contributes an estimated $80 million per day to the Los Angeles economy, the AP reports.