Writers’ strike: What’s at stake and how it could disrupt Hollywood

Striking Writers Guild of America workers picket outside the Sunset Bronson Studios in Los Angeles.
(Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

The Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers had been negotiating over pay, streaming residuals and other issues for a new contract to replace a three-year deal that expired May 1.

A majority of the WGA’s membership voted in April to authorize a strike if an agreement wasn’t reached.

On Monday evening, the boards of directors of the WGA’s East and West coast divisions voted to call a strike effective 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

The WGA says late-night talk shows would be among the first to be affected by a possible strike.

Southern California’s production economy was upended during the last writers’ strike, which lasted 100 days and happened in 2007-08.

Here’s everything leading up to and what you need to know about a writers strike.