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Will the WGA strike help reality TV?

The suggestion is that if the WGA strike lasts as long as the one in 1988 - which lasted five months - broadcasters and viewers will be turning to reality TV. Maureen Parker, executive director of the Writers Guild of Canada, says that given American programs are typically produced very close to their air dates, original programming will run out soon if the strike continues. 'American broadcasters are quickly experiencing scheduling holes, and the challenge will be how they choose to fill those slots. A number of these (reality) shows do go non-union. Their primary attraction to broadcasters is that they're a fraction of the cost of dramatic production.'
December 1, 2007

The suggestion is that if the WGA strike lasts as long as the one in 1988 – which lasted five months – broadcasters and viewers will be turning to reality TV. Maureen Parker, executive director of the Writers Guild of Canada, says that given American programs are typically produced very close to their air dates, original programming will run out soon if the strike continues. ‘American broadcasters are quickly experiencing scheduling holes, and the challenge will be how they choose to fill those slots. A number of these (reality) shows do go non-union. Their primary attraction to broadcasters is that they’re a fraction of the cost of dramatic production.’

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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