The 9,000-member Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) spent much of the weekend in negotiations ahead of a contract expiration deadline at midnight PT (7 a.m.
The Hollywood Reporter said an agreement between the parties "remains elusive" and it was not clear whether the midnight deadline would "bring a deal, a strike or even an extension of talks." The two sides have imposed a media blackout on the talks, which are centered on the revolution in the television industry that has seen the arrival of streaming services like Netflix (nflx) and Amazon (amzn), and a decline from around 22 episodes to 8- to 10-episode seasons of scripted comedy or drama.
The AMPTP represents entertainment giants Comcast (cmcsa), Walt Disney (dis), CBS (cbs), Viacom (viab), Time Warner (twx) and 21st Century Fox (fox), which control TV and movie production in the United States.
If a strike is called, audiences would first see the impact on late night talk shows, which use teams of writers to pen topical jokes.
Daytime soap operas would be next affected, but most TV network comedy and drama shows due for broadcast in the next 2-3 months have already been written and filmed, network executives have said.