06 June, 2007

Writers continue fight against age gap


"Even if there weren't a possible strike looming, it's hardly hearts and flowers for older writers. The gloomy outlook was highlighted by the May 8 release of the WGA's diversity report, which showed little progress on any front: Writers in their 40s took in the top earnings in TV and film, but the actual employment levels were far below younger writers.

"Employment share for the largest group of older writers has remained flat in recent years, and older writers are significantly underrepresented on show staffs (as opposed to all TV employment), particularly at major networks," report author Darnell Hunt wrote. "These latter observations raise red flags when we consider that the over-40 share of guild members actually has been increasing in recent years."

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