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Has ‘Gig Work’ Become a Dirty Word?


When more than 11,000 film and television writers in the Writers Guild of America union went on strike this month, they called out deteriorating working conditions, criticized unfair pay and said they worried about losing their jobs to artificial intelligence.One of their demands stood out: Hollywood writers wanted studios to guarantee them weeks of work at a time, giving them some certainty, rather than a new method that would hire them by the day. In other words, they want to avoid becoming part of the gig economy.Adam Conover, a comedian, said studios were trying to “employ us one day a week like we’re Uber drivers.” David Simon, the creator of “The Wire,” wrote that screenwriting had become “a ruthless gig economy.” And Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, a writer and producer for “Law and Order: SVU,” tweeted that “we fight for writing as a career and not a cheap gig.”“We’re looking at a future where writers could be hired per day in order to come in and work on an ongoing series,” Ms. Takeuchi Cullen said in an interview. Writers already work …

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