Hollywood writers go on strike; no one notices May 2, 2023 11:41:44 GMT -5
Post by jdv on May 2, 2023 11:41:44 GMT -5
Hollywood screenwriters Guild has gone on strike, immediately causing the shutdown of all late night talk shows. SNL will also likely halt production.
While none of that will matter to 99% of Americans (more on that in a sec), the strike is ironic as the main cause for the walk out is an over-all reduction in wages due to inflation.
It's ironic b/c the writers who just voted to strike are universally liberal, and the near-total lack of scrutiny for the party currently responsible for the high inflation. Higher costs mean less advertisers, who are - get this - trying to stay in business themselves.
That same bias has presumably caused the ratings crash for all late night programs. Johnny Carson once got 10 million viewers a night with a much lower population base. Now, all late night host's ratings combined from CBS/ABC/NBC do not equal 5 million.
Given the record low ratings for these shows - plus the retirement of James Cordon and others - and the slide in ads will likely continue. But it's already been a blood bath - over the past 5 years ad buys have dropped some 41%, from $698 million in advertising in 2018 to $412.7 million in 2022.
It turns out that alienating 1/2 the country while simultaneously blindly supporting people who do not deserve support is bad business.
Lastly, the other big concern is AI writers. It's probably not a great admission to essentially tell your employer that you're worried that your job can be done just as well by an on-line writing program.
Given the loop-sided and ratings killing awfulness of the writing in the past 5 years, the computer could hardly do worse.