May 12 • 48M

How Writers are Winning the Strike Narrative

A focus on the gig economy, Silicon Valley and CEOs have made the story far bigger than Hollywood

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FIGHT CLUB Seen on the picket outside Disney, May 5. (credit: Elaine Low)


A tenet of good writing? Make stories universal. And on this point, Hollywood’s striking writers have won the first inning of what’s looking like a long game. “[They’ve] shifted the idea that the town is now… governed by the values coming out of Silicon Valley as opposed to the values that were coming out of the studios and the network system,” says Peter Kiefer, who joins Sean McNulty and Elaine Low to discuss the larger messaging wars around the gig economy and CEO pay, particularly as the other side remains in a defensive crouch, and the DGA and SAG enter their own negotiations. Also today: the fallout for showrunners, as reported by Nicole LaPorte (21:46), the end of streaming’s subscriber growth wars (33:40), and NBCU ad chief Linda Yaccarino’s move to Twitter and what it means for the upfronts (1:28).

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