Writers Strike Officially Starts 12:01 a.m. Monday

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The Writers Guild of America has announced that its 12,000 members will go on strike Monday against studios and networks, reports Variety.

The strike officially begins at 12:01 a.m. Monday. Members began receiving the official announcement Friday afternoon — at the same time that the WGA was holding a news conference at WGA West headquarters in Los Angeles.

Members were told that all writing covered under WGA agreements must cease when the strike starts.

Talks between the WGA and the companies broke down on Wednesday, a few hours before the contract expired, over the issue of DVD residuals and work for the Internet. No new talks have been scheduled, but WGA West president Patric Verrone and WGA East president Michael Winship said at the news conference that they would be open to meeting with the companies.

The WGA’s expected to mount multiple picket lines Monday. The guild’s email to members said, “We’ll be sending you information about our picket lines. Come out and show your solidarity. Your Contract Captain will be in touch with you. Be prepared to serve.”