« Previous Post | Show Tracker Home | Next Post »

Networks see some upside to a strike


The nation’s major television networks say they are prepared to withstand a strike by the Writers Guild of America lasting three to four months. Some industry executives even believe a strike, although potentially damaging to the business, could carry some side benefits.

If a strike were to extend into February, it would disrupt the TV pilot season, the three-month period when studios make dozens of new shows as part of an expensive annual competition to win a coveted spot on the prime-time schedule of the five broadcast networks.

The television companies collectively spend more than $400 million a year on development and pilot costs even though only a fraction of these shows achieve long-term financial success. TV executives have long complained that the frenetic competition for actors, directors and sound stages doesn’t translate into higher-quality television, just higher costs. Some hour-long pilots cost more than $7 million.

So for some TV executives, blowing up pilot season is not such a bad idea.

“Maybe the strike is giving us an excuse to shake it up,” Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly said at a recent industry luncheon. Changing the way shows are hatched, he said, would be “the only good thing that could come out of a strike.”

Continue reading here.

More news on the strike

Comments () | Archives (0)


Recommended on Facebook

In Case You Missed It...


Tweets and retweets from L.A. Times staff writers.




Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: