Strike to Boost Web Video? … A Closer Look

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The general impression that the Hollywood writers strike will be good for Web video should be tweaked to include some caveats, Steven Zeitchik writes. If programming on regular TV gets stale or lame because writers aren’t working, video sites will want to capitalize. But if they get too aggressive, their relationship with the Writers Guild of America could suffer. Strike rules say that writing for a Web site show makes you a scab, with some exceptions for favored sites. Zeitchik reports that some agents hope the WGA will loosen the strike rules so its members can write for the Web, and that the medium becomes more robust, offering new leverage against old TV.
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