Hollywood writers expected to go on strike
Union leaders for Hollywood screenwriters will today approve strike action in a dispute over royalty payments.
It will be the first major strike of its kind in the US for 20 years, as writers demand an increase in the fees they are awarded from DVD releases, as well as new media outlets such as the internet and mobile phones.
Producers however believe the demands are unworkable.
Around 5,000 members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) took part in a recent strike ballot, with 90% in favour of industrial action.
The strike is expected to cause major disruption to film and TV production stateside, with some of the most popular shows at risk of being forced off the air.
It not expected that the effects will be felt immediately, but some writers fear networks will turn to repeats and reality shows to fill the gaps.