In the movie business, the cost of production placed power in the hands of the producers and “money men.” While essential, writers are at the bottom of the totem pole. The strike has proven how essential they are. Apparently actors don’t make up the words they say.
Writers are starting to understand how the cost of production has changed, and most importantly how distribution models have changed. After all, that’s what this strike is all about. Shows redistributed through the Internet require some payment to the writer. It would be very interesting if the point of contention became the method by which writers suddenly owned the production process.