The Strike Zone

Hollywood's writers and actors are threatening to walk. A primer on why and what it means to you

You've heard the rumblings. Hollywood is on the brink of a massive shutdown by writers' and actors' strikes. The ripple effect would cost Los Angeles nearly $2 billion a month in lost revenue. Even more alarming to the rest of the world, it could totally screw up next fall's TV season, and lots of less-than-perfect film scripts (yes, even less perfect than usual) have been rushed into production. This week the Writers Guild of America is due back at the bargaining table with producers, but there's a problem: studios used to be mom-and-pop shops, and avuncular mogul Lew Wasserman played peacemaker...

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