Nutless WB Begins Layoffs Due to Strike

Its starting to look pretty grim in Hollywood these days as the WGA strike lumbers on with neither side willing to discuss any further details and no end in sight.

Hollywood saw this coming last year and studios stockpiled as much production as they could before the strike occurred. Like squirrels storing nuts in a hollow tree for the winter, the studios prepared for the coming freeze. However, its only a matter of time before they all run out.

There's nothing worse than a studio with no nuts.

And now, the strike is starting to affect other people in the industry.

According to Variety, Warner Bros. was required to notify more than 1,000 employees in its studios facilities operations that an unspecified number of layoffs will be announced later this month.

"It now appears that the WGA's strike will continue for the foreseeable future, and we must begin to scale back our operations due to the decline in production activity," WB said in the notice.

The article also mentions that a total of 62 different scripted television productions have closed down, with a direct economic impact of $160 million per week. Currently "October Road" is the only production still running.

Meanwhile, other studios like Tom Cruise's United Artists have reached their own deal with the WGA that will put some writers back to work. Several other studios have followed suit in working on back door deals to put the writers back to work. David Letterman's Worldwide Pants company has secured its own deal with the WGA and Lionsgate films is working on one as well.

Still, other production companies have closed down completely while some studios like 20th Century Fox, Sony and Disney are trying to re purpose the production staff from television production into film production. According to press releases, they currently don't plan on any layoffs in the foreseeable future, but if the strike continues for an extended period of time, its safe to suspect that it would only be a matter of time before more layoffs would have to happen.

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