Donald Trump may be one of the biggest beneficiaries of a writers strike in Hollywood, which is looking like a strong possibility.
“Late-night talk shows and topical satire, including NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live,’ will be the first hit if the Writers Guild of America (WGA) goes on strike next week in a stoppage that media analysts say could send viewers flocking irreversibly to streaming services,” Reuters reports.
“Contract talks are likely to go down to the wire this weekend to avert a strike by some 9,000 TV and movie writers should they fail to reach a deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) by Monday night,” the report adds.
The story quotes Jonathan Handel, an entertainment lawyer and contributing editor for The Hollywood Reporter who wrote a book about the last WGA strike in 2007-2008, saying: “A strike of any duration will drive audiences off broadcast and cable platforms and onto digital.”
The report adds: “Neither side is commenting publicly on the talks, but any strike would quickly affect productions like CBS Corp’s ‘The Late Show,’ Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘Saturday Night Live,’ which rely on teams of writers to pen topical jokes. Trump and his aides have been a chief target of such barbs, including ‘Saturday Night Live’ impressions by Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy.”