The Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike continues with picketers showing up across the country, demanding fair compensation and sustainable careers in the entertainment industry. On the 16th day of the strike, picketers marched outside Warner Bros Discovery’s pitch to advertisers in New York City, while others received support from celebrities and locals in Chicago and Los Angeles. Striking writers argue that they are not simply seeking more money, but are fighting to protect writing as a viable career path and the backbone of the entertainment industry.
Picketing Across the Country
In New York City, the picket line was moved from its original location near Madison Square Garden to 31st and 7th in front of building Penn 11. Nearly two dozen writers and supporters gathered to protest and chant “Warner Bros/You’re not good/Pay the writers what you should” as passersby honked their horns in solidarity. The strike captain, Josh Gondelman, emphasized that the strike is about more than just money, but also about protecting the integrity of the writing profession and ensuring that all writers can sustain their careers.
In Chicago, author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn joined picketers on a warm day, showing solidarity with the striking writers. Meanwhile, on the West Coast, picketers at NBCUniversal and Paramount were treated to food and music. Weezer performed for writers outside the Paramount studio gates, while the screenwriters and directors of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves delivered tacos to the striking writers. Even Star Wars bounty hunters made an appearance at Disney HQ in Burbank to support the writers.
Fighting for Sustainable Careers
Striking writers argue that they are fighting for more than just higher pay, but for sustainable careers in the entertainment industry. Guneet K. Singh, an Indian writer who has been working in television for three and a half years, said that the lack of wages discourages people of color from staying in the industry. Others argue that writers need fair compensation to maintain steady income and representation in the profession. The WGA strike demands a 2% operating profit from companies to pay writers fairly for their work.
While the strike continues to disrupt production schedules and affect the entertainment industry, writers are determined to fight for their rights and ensure that writing remains a viable and respected profession.
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