The Hollywood writers had been on strike for three months, and the actors had joined in a month earlier. Together they picketed at major Hollywood studios. But the strikes weren’t limited to California. The industry says it employs over 1.7 million people outside of that state and is paid $158 billion a year in wages.
Strikes hit places like Montana where 1923 Introduction to the show yellowstoneFilming was scheduled to begin in June before a writers’ strike disrupted production. Tina Buckingham is the show’s casting director. He told Yellowstone Public Radio that this and other cancellations have been difficult for businesses across the state. “It’s devastating to the industry because it’s going downhill. All the people who provide the food, the restaurants, the people who will be working on the film. And lumber companies that build sets and riders and all that stuff. The amount of money lost is huge.”
However, Buckingham says he is on the side of great writers and actors. “I think so. Both writers and actors absolutely need the best moments for projects when they go on air.”
Montana attracts large producers due to its natural landscape, but Georgia attracts with a lot of tax incentives. The Motion Picture Association estimates that the film and television industry earned $3.5 billion last year from blockbuster productions such as sweet magnolia AND drunk woman.
Brian Smith is a fashion designer in Atlanta and is in a union, but nothing like that. She said that the sitters did not appear in their live productions at the start of the WGA strike as they did in Hollywood, so much of the filming initially continued in Atlanta.
But when the strike dragged on into the summer, all his work dried up. It was difficult for him.
“I miss my job,” Smith said, “it was what I loved doing.” He was reluctant to take on side gigs, but now he needs to be in time.
Strikes help people like Jay Adams, who has worked as an actor and stuntman in Michigan for more than a decade. “You don’t know me,” she said, “but you see me on an episode of a TV show when I fall and someone hits me.” “People whose names you don’t know are people you see a lot.”
Adams said he didn’t have to look for part-time work when the strike started because he always needed one anyway. He hopes the strike will help turn things around. “We are very focused on this side business. We want to be able to do our jobs, be able to train for our jobs when we’re not working, and be able to earn a living and take care of our families.” “
As the strikes continue, it appears that the millions of people in the United States who work in and around the manufacturing industry will have to wait.