Hollywood Showdown

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The "Daily Show" may be going down, and Leno and Letterman and "Desperate Housewives" and "Heroes" and a whole lot of movies. The writers behind most of American television and movies are talking strike.

It's been almost twenty years since a Hollywood writers' strike. In 1988 it was about their piece of the video rental pie. Now, that sounds like horse-and-buggy stuff. The new issue is the Internet, and who's going to get what as TV webisodes and movie downloads kick in.

This hour, On Point: high drama, crash scenes, and maybe a strike as the web rewrites Hollywood.Guests:

Carl DiOrio, deputy film editor and labor editor for the Hollywood Reporter.

Shelly Palmer, author of "Television Disrupted: The Transition from Network to Networked TV" and the television news blog Media 3.0.

Michael Winship, President of the Writers Guild of America, East.

Jonathan Potter, Executive Director of the Digital Media Association, whose members include technology firms such as Microsoft, YouTube, AOL, Apple, and RealNetworks.

This program aired on October 22, 2007.


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