Hiring Freeze On Writers Begins Early As Strike Looms

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

With a November WGA strike becoming a more distinct possibility, studios have started putting the hiring squeeze on scribes.

"We're not financing their strike" is the new mantra for studio and network execs as writers are told that their services won't be needed until the WGA works out a deal.

The get-tough stance -- designed to demonstrate the consequences of a strike to the 12,000 Writers Guild of America members -- has emerged as the gloomy town deepens its belief that a strike will take place soon after the Oct. 31 contract expiration.

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