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TV Needs New Business Model, Says Striking Writer

TV Needs New Business Model, Says Striking Writer

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As the Hollywood writers' strike enters its second week, one striking scriptwriter argues that it's time to rewrite the whole TV industry. In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, writer Rob Long states that what's going on in Hollywood isn't a negotiation — it's a murder-suicide pact.

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.