The Writer's Guild of America says its 12,000 members will go on strike Monday. The writers want to be paid more when their movies or shows are sold as DVD's and internet downloads.
The studios say they don't make money from downloads yet, and that they need profits from DVD's to offset huge production costs.
Terry Curtis Fox, a screenwriter and former board member of the Writers Guild of America, talks with Scott Simon.
Q&A: What's Behind the Hollywood Writers' Strike?
Film and television writers are going on strike, as talks have not produced a new contract between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The writers' demands include a percentage of DVD profits, plus a cut of money from new-media distribution. NPR.org offers this explainer.