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Studios and writers need to talk

Hollywood studios and writers have agreed to return to the negotiating table, said the Los Angeles Times, but they aren't the only ones suffering because of the writers' strike. The studios might want to give a little, said the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. T

What happenedMore Hollywood productions, including Johnny Depp’s latest movie project, were put on hold because of the Writers Guild of America strike, although the studios and the writers have agreed to return to the negotiating table after Thanksgiving. (Reuters/Hollywood Reporter)

What the commentators saidThe writers aren’t the only ones who are suffering, said the Los Angeles Times in an editorial (free registration). More than a quarter million people work in movie and TV production in Los Angeles County alone. “With so much at stake for so many people, the least studios and writers can do is keep the negotiations going.”

The studios might want to think about giving a little, said the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in an editorial (free registration). “The writers are a tough, creative bunch who, right now, don't have a regular outlet for expression. They can't write for their television shows or movies, so many of them are writing for the union instead,” and they’re winning the public relations war with salvos in blogs and on YouTube.

It’s hard to argue that the writers don’t have a legitimate beef, said Doug Gordon, a member of the union, in Salon.com. Many write for TV shows, whose content continues to make money for the studios in re-runs and online. As long as shows “can still make money” for the producers, why can’t they do the same for writers?