Actors' Threats Don't Scare Studios

Hollywood doesn't think union will really head for picket lines
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2008 1:12 PM CDT
In this Nov. 9, 2007, file photo shows Screen Actors Guild president Alan Rosenberg, right, joining Writers Guild of America president Patric Verrone during a writers strike rally in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, file)
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(Newser) – The Screen Actors Guild’s contract has expired, but Hollywood remains strangely sublime, Variety reports. This isn’t like the writers strike, conventional wisdom has it, because actors don’t support a strike the way the writers did. “People who are working don't want to go out,” said one agent. After the WGA strike “there are too many people who are just desperate to get something going.”

This time, uncertainty is affecting film more than TV. The last strike shut TV down almost immediately, but many shows are soldiering on amid the turmoil. One sitcom writer says it “is not even in my thought process … there’s just a general feeling that it’s not going to happen.” Studio movies, by contrast, have largely stopped shooting just in case.