33 episodes

This podcast takes you behind the scenes of the current Hollywood strike. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike in 2007-2008 brought the entertainment industry to a halt. Now, in 2023, history is repeating itself and Hollywood is once again in the midst of a major labor dispute. Join Billy Ray, Academy Award nominated writer/ director/ showrunner, and Todd Garner, a former studio executive turned producer, as they explore the causes and consequences of the strike.
The duo will chat with writers, producers, and other industry insiders to provide a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective on the situation. Throughout the strike, Billy and Todd will be bringing you stories and insights from behind the picket lines, uncovering the struggles and experiences of those involved in this pivotal moment in Hollywood history. Tune in to "Deadline Strike Talk" and stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the strike, while gaining a deeper understanding of the issues at play. Don't miss out on this exclusive look at the inner workings of Hollywood during this crucial time.

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.6 • 147 Ratings

This podcast takes you behind the scenes of the current Hollywood strike. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike in 2007-2008 brought the entertainment industry to a halt. Now, in 2023, history is repeating itself and Hollywood is once again in the midst of a major labor dispute. Join Billy Ray, Academy Award nominated writer/ director/ showrunner, and Todd Garner, a former studio executive turned producer, as they explore the causes and consequences of the strike.
The duo will chat with writers, producers, and other industry insiders to provide a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective on the situation. Throughout the strike, Billy and Todd will be bringing you stories and insights from behind the picket lines, uncovering the struggles and experiences of those involved in this pivotal moment in Hollywood history. Tune in to "Deadline Strike Talk" and stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the strike, while gaining a deeper understanding of the issues at play. Don't miss out on this exclusive look at the inner workings of Hollywood during this crucial time.

    Week Thirty Two with guest Mike Miller of IATSE

    Week Thirty Two with guest Mike Miller of IATSE

    In an election year filled with political spin, Billy and Todd chat with MIKE MILLER OF IATSE: the most direct, no-nonsense, spin-averse voice in all Hollywood, to discuss the issues facing his membership - and how he plans to remedy them in negotiations with the AMPTS. There's also a pretty cool story about Central Park! 
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    • 49 min
    Week Thirty One with guest Lindsay Dougherty

    Week Thirty One with guest Lindsay Dougherty

    Billy and Todd return with the head of Teamsters Local 399 Lindsay Dougherty - and a plea to Hollywood's CEOs not to inflict another two strikes on our town.
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    • 45 min
    Week Thirty Finale with guest Mike Fleming Jr.

    Week Thirty Finale with guest Mike Fleming Jr.

    Billy bids a fond farewell to StrikeTalk in a conversation with the person who made StrikeTalk happen, Deadline Co-Editor In Chief, Mike Fleming. They discuss labor in Hollywood, mergers, the epic failures of the AMPTS, and what's to come in 2024.
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    • 44 min
    Week Twenty Nine with guests Fran Drescher, Meredith Stiehm, and co-host Todd Garner

    Week Twenty Nine with guests Fran Drescher, Meredith Stiehm, and co-host Todd Garner

    In Strike Talk's penultimate episode, Billy Ray and co-host Todd Garner speak with the presidents of SAG-AFTRA and WGA West, Fran Drescher and Meredith Stiehm, about the challenges of negotiating with the AMPTS and their visions for the Hollywood labor movement's future.
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    • 47 min
    Week Twenty Eight with guests Anthony Portantino and Dave Min

    Week Twenty Eight with guests Anthony Portantino and Dave Min

    Billy is joined by California State Senators Anthony Portantino and Dave Min to discuss the role of state government in supporting the labor movement.
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    • 36 min
    Week Twenty Seven with guests Mandy Walker, Jeffrey Ford, and Adam Merims

    Week Twenty Seven with guests Mandy Walker, Jeffrey Ford, and Adam Merims

    Billy sits down with Mandy Walker, Jeff Ford, and Adam Merims -- three vital collaborators from his directing debut, Shattered Glass -- to discuss what has happened to our business since.
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
147 Ratings

147 Ratings

StuLaff ,

Week 32: Central Park - Seneca Village

Amazing show! Thanks for such a deep dive! Just wanted to add that the name of the community evicted to build to Central Park was SENECA VILLAGE - a mainly black community with some immigrant families who had built their own homes!

Otanovision ,

Thank you

Thank you Billy for being my companion over this difficult time. I am a cinematographer turned director. You entertained, informed and educated me in immeasurable ways. You humanized this complex subject that left me missing the people I love collaborating with. Your guest are heavy hitters offering spectacular insight but the most eye opening episode was the penultimate episode with Fran, Meredith and Todd. I must have forwarded the link to dozens of filmmaking friends. I extol the renaming of the amptp to amptS. Yes, producers are collaborators. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

cmpad3 ,

Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!

This has been an absolutely wonderful podcast and source of strength, solidarity and information during the strikes. Thank you so much for all the time and effort put into it!!! I disagree with you that SAG got the “best they could” in terms of AI. I actually feel they gave away way too much paving the way for synthetic performers to become normalized, but aside from that, I loved everything else. Bravo!

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