Wednesday, May 24, 2023 – Native audiences brace for TV and movie slowdown

The less glamorous side of writing for television shows and movies is coming to the surface during the strike by the Writers Guild of America. The union says the pay for many of its 20,000 professional writers is low and remains stagnant, even while the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers continues to reap new profits from streaming and other platforms. Production on most daily shows has ground to a halt, and the strike potentially threatens work on Reservation DogsDark Winds, and other shows popular with Native audiences. We’ll hear from Native writers about what the strike means for audiences.


Sierra Teller Ornelas (Diné), screenwriter  

Vera Starbard (Tlingit and Dena’ina), writer  

Jana Schmieding (Mniconjou and Sicangu Lakota), writer and performer