A Hollywood writers’ strike could be looming as the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers continue to be at odds over compensation and health care.
Contracts expire at midnight on Monday and if there’s no deal, Vancouver Film Studios President Pete Mitchell says ramifications could be felt in B.C.
He says the industry won’t see it immediately, but it would still be felt.
“A lot of TV would simply be delayed, it might delay some revenues. Some shows may just not get off the ground and choose to elsewhere if there was a strike. It’s more about the prospect of a potential protracted outage.”
But Mitchell says if the strike prolongs, then Hollywood’s North could really start to feel the impact.
“It’s more if it goes on the two-month range that it’s going to have a real effect on the overall situation in Vancouver. Over time more and more shows will run out of scripts. And at the point, they would stop shooting and wait.”
Production spending is worth more than $2-billion a year in B.C. and the industry employs more than 30,000 people.