The television shows are not the only ones affected in the ongoing WGA writers strike, as even the communities that support these programs are also going to suffer some side effects. For instance, the port city of Wilmington in North Carolina serves as the backdrop of The CW's One Tree Hill. In fact, the production provides a large portion of the community's income. Most of the show's crew are from around the area and several businesses have increased revenue because of the services they provide to the series. |
However, this may all chance when One Tree Hill runs out of scripts to film, as the WGA writers strike is already in full swing. Wilmington is a popular choice for several film and television projects, and they have all provided a good sum of million dollars to the city in the southeastern part of North Carolina . The Screen Gems Studios there has confirmed that The CW's drama series spends more than a million dollars on goods and services from local business in the area, just for a single episode.
One Tree Hill confirmed that they still have enough material to continue filming until December, however if the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers do not immediately come to an agreement, the show will lack 10 episodes.
This isn't the only effect, as it may also affect the personal finances of the locals on the One Tree Hill payroll, and the establishments that support the production.
Executive Vice President of Screen Gems Studios, Bill Vassar confirmed that 125 crew members from Wilmington may lose their job due to this event.
"The people who do the catering for the show, the people who do craft services for the show, right down to the grocery store that provides the snacks in the offices, that money won't get spent," Vassar explained.
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