Bill Maher “Real Time” Writers Strike for Their Livelihoods

Bill Maher “Real Time” Writers Strike for Their Livelihoods
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LA BREA — October 1, 2023 at 2:00 pm PDT — The talented writers behind HBO’s popular show “Real Time with Bill Maher” have made the difficult decision to go on strike after host Bill Maher’s recent remarks, in which he questioned the value of writers and their right to make a living. This unified action highlights the critical role of writers in the entertainment industry and their unwavering commitment to their craft.

The strike, led by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) members working on “Real Time,” comes in response to Bill Maher’s comments suggesting that writers should not expect to make a living from their work. The writers, who have dedicated their careers to crafting engaging and thought-provoking content for the show, believe strongly in the importance of fair compensation and recognition for their contributions.

The WGA stated, “Writers are the lifeblood of the entertainment industry, and their work is central to the success of every show, including ‘Real Time with Bill Maher.’ It is disheartening to see such comments that undermine the value of their contributions. Our members on the show have chosen to strike to assert their rights to fair compensation and to highlight the critical role they play in creating quality content.”

The strike action underscores the broader issue of fair compensation and recognition for writers in the entertainment industry. The writers of “Real Time” are united in their commitment to ensuring that their work is respected and valued appropriately.

The Writers Guild of America has pledged its support to the striking writers and will continue to advocate for fair labor practices and just compensation for writers across the industry.

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