The Writers Guild of America-West’s annual report contains double-barreled bad news for Hollywood writers, revealing that the total number of writers working in the industry declined in the latest fiscal year, as did total salaries, Deadline.com reports.
“The report, mailed to members last week and posted on the guild’s website today, showed that employment in all work areas combined was down 3.5% for fiscal-year 2016 that ended March 31, 2017,” Deadline notes. “The WGAW touted that total earnings topped $1.2 billion for a third year in a row, but its reported $1.23 billion was down 3.1% from 2015.”
Earnings for TV writers fell 1.7% from a year earlier, to $860.9 million, while earnings for film writers were down 6.4% to $359.8 million.
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