Writers Strike Fallout Lingers Behind the Scenes

Cautious restart means crew members struggle to find work
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2008 3:57 PM CDT
WGA West member Tim McKeon, left, exits the Writers Guild of America Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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(Newser) – Even though the writers’ strike ended 2 month ago, TV production crew members are still working less than usual and feeling the financial burn, the LA Times reports. The networks took a cautious approach after the strike, putting many shows on hold until next season and ordering fewer episodes of those that returned. Location permits are down 43% from last year.

Many TV crew members are dodging foreclosure and worrying about keeping their health insurance. Some have had to file for bankruptcy. And the dark cloud of an actors strike looms as the June 30 contract deadline approaches. "I can't even think what might happen to me if SAG goes out," said one 16-year veteran location manager. (Read more Screen Actors Guild stories.)