The message from the Writers' Guild of America is clear: as the TV and film industry increasingly moves towards streaming platforms, writers are suffering the consequences. Right now, the writers who bring the public their favourite television shows and films are on strike. There are a multitude of reasons behind the industrial action – from the rise of streaming to AI – but at the end of the day, it mostly comes down to pay and worsening conditions. The Writers' Guild says weekly writer-producer pay has declined four per cent over the last decade. When adjusted for inflation, that decline amounts to a 23 per cent drop in pay. Graham Yost, a seasoned writer and showrunner who has just launched his new series Silo on Apple TV+, says conditions have been gradually getting worse for writers over the last decade. Writing teams are smaller, they're being given less time to pull a season of television together and they're not getting paid what they should be. “The things we're asking for are so simple and not at all groundbreaking,” Yost tells PinkNews. “In fact what we're trying to do is stem the tide that is trying to push writers out of their position in this business and just make it a gig economy so people are hired by the day, by the week, instead of by the show, by the job.” Morten Tyldum, Hugh Howey, Rebecca Ferguson, Graham Yost and Jamie Erlicht attend the Silo Global Premiere. (Mike Marsland/WireImage) Yost is in a relatively unique position – the strike began just as the first season of Silo launched on Apple TV+. The dystopian drama debuted to critical acclaim and a second season is already in development, but work has halted for now as writers demand better conditions . “I'm also a producer on the show and technically I could still be doing producer things – advising on costumes, casting, editing – and I was planning to probably do that, even though the Writers' Guild had asked showrunners […]
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