June 7, 2023 By Michael Dorgan
Members of the striking Writers Guild of America picketed outside the Silvercup East Studios in Long Island City on Tuesday, June 6, leading to the day’s shooting of the TV show “Daredevil” to be shut down.
Around 40 people took part in the picket, most of whom are members of the Writers Guild of America, a combination of two different labor unions representing writers in film, television, radio and online media.
The guild represents around 11,500 workers across America, all of whom have been on strike since May 2 because of a dispute over pay and the potential use of artificial intelligence (AI). Members say they want a greater share of revenues generated each time their work is streamed on online platforms (known as residuals), while they also want to cut a deal that would prevent studios from using AI to write scripts, a process they say could eventually replace them.