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Michael Cieply: As Talks Resume, The Collateral Strike Damage Piles Up

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This week, the big story is a presumed return to talks between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the striking Writers Guild of America.

May things go well. But last week’s still lingering narrative—apart from guild collisions with Drew Barrymore and Bill Maher—is all about collateral damage.

For bystanders and the peripherally involved, the stand-off between companies and Hollywood’s striking writers and actors has been hell.

Four and a half months since the writers first walked out, nobody within shouting distance of screenland is safe. Entertainment Partners, the industry payroll and production consulting firm, is laying off.

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