With those contracts due to expire at the end of this month the writers, who can earn anything from $10,000 to $200,000 per episode are arguing for a share of both income streams.
Tim Adler, editor of TV magazine Screen Finance says one of the concerns will be that with many top British writers forced into membership of the Writers Guild of America in order to sell their work to US studios, they could be forced to turn down any work that does drift across the Atlantic.
Hmm. How does one become a script writing scab? Of course, there’s a basic assumption here that (having seen a lot of US TV I do so assume) talent and ability are not a necessary requirement.