The entertainment industry is currently grappling with a major crisis that has sent ripples far beyond the glitzy streets of Hollywood. The Hollywood writers and actors strikes have not only disrupted film and television production in the heart of the industry but has also had a profound impact on a wide range of downstream contractors and industries. From catering and hairdressing to lighting technicians, transport operators, and hire companies, the effects of this strike are being felt around the world.
Several movies and TV series that were scheduled to be filming in NZ are on hold. The big budget blockbuster Minecraft movie starring Jason Momoa was alone estimated to be employing 700 people in Auckland. On top of that are the services provided by local businesses. During filming, Northwest Rentals in Auckland would normally have dozens of trucks, vans and utes on long term hire to the film industry.
The Strikes Origins
The Hollywood writers and actors strikes, like many labour disputes, have their roots in long-standing issues related to pay, working conditions, and creative rights. Screenwriters, the creative backbone of the entertainment industry, have been demanding fair compensation for their work, a fair share of profits from streaming platforms, and better job security.
Hollywood may be the epicentre of the entertainment industry, but its influence extends far beyond California. The global film industry relies on Hollywood for talent, resources, and distribution. Therefore, the Hollywood writers strike has a ripple effect worldwide:
1. International Productions: Many international productions collaborate with Hollywood writers, directors, and studios. The strike disrupts these collaborations, potentially delaying or even jeopardizing international projects.
2. Distribution Networks: Hollywood studios play a crucial role in global film distribution. As they face production setbacks, international films may struggle to find distribution or face limited release options.
Downstream Contractors and Industries
The impact of the Hollywood strikes is not limited to studios and actors; it extends to numerous downstream contractors and industries:
1. Catering: Caterers that provide meals for film crews and cast members are suffering due to fewer productions. This can lead to layoffs and financial difficulties for these businesses.
2. Hairdressers and Makeup Artists: With fewer film and TV productions, hairdressers and makeup artists who work in the entertainment industry find themselves with reduced job opportunities.
3. Lighting Technicians: Lighting technicians, who are essential for creating the perfect ambiance on set, face job instability as productions stall.
4. Transport Operators: Transportation companies that provide vehicles and logistics for film shoots are feeling the pinch, as fewer productions mean fewer contracts.
5. Hire Companies: Companies that supply equipment and props to the industry are experiencing a decrease in demand, which can lead to uncertainty and financial hardship.
The Hollywood strikes are not just a localized issue confined to the world of screenwriting; they create a complex crisis that impacts the entire global film industry and a myriad of supporting businesses. While the strike represents a necessary push for fair compensation and creative rights, it’s crucial to recognize the collateral damage it inflicts on those who depend on a thriving entertainment industry for their livelihoods. The longer the strike continues, the deeper its effects will be felt, emphasizing the need for a swift and equitable resolution that benefits all stakeholders in the world of entertainment.