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The 1988 Writers' Strike

The TV/movie writers' strike in 2007 directed attention to a 22-week strike by writers in 1988. This video has four news reports at various points during the strike. The 2007 strike seemed focused on new technologies for distribution such as DVDs. In contrast, the 1988 news reports mainly focus on TV networks vs. cable and first runs vs. reruns. Oddly, in the second clip, a major NBC executive refers to replacement writers hired by management as "scabs," a derogatory term more typically used by unions.
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