The Writers Guild Is Losing Ground
As someone who aspires to be a WGA member at some point (as an extension of being a professional screenwriter), the strike has been of interest to me. This article seems to be a bit of a bombshell. The long and short of it is that, as part of its demands, the WGA wants to include reality show writers among its members. This is being interpreted as a power grab by the WGA and an overextension that could cost the writers negotiating leverage.
It may well be a power grab, but I can also see it from the Guild's perspective as a CYA measure. The whole upsurge in reality television over the last several years has been a threat to writers. It's like Peter Gallagher's character, Larry Levy, from The Player, who basically said you don't need writers to make a movie. Reality television is the studios' best defense/threat against the WGA.
"Hey, what do I need you for when I can get a woman to marry a horse and follow them around for a week and a half?"
And there is certainly an undeniable amount of storytelling that goes into reality television, although it comes more from the editors than anyone else. And they've got their own union to look out for them.
While I see the WGA's possible reasoning, the producers will never budge on this. I'm no negotiating expert by any stretch, but maybe the WGA can set this aside and make it look like they're making a meaningful concession.