Hollywood strikes take toll on Virginia film industry
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The entertainment industry remains at a standstill. The writers' strike just hit the 100-day mark.
This strike and the SAG-AFTRA strike aren’t just affecting Hollywood. They’re taking a toll on the Virginia film industry too.
Andy Edmunds, director of the Virginia Film Office, said this loss is going to be staggering.
The Virginia film industry usually brings in almost $900 million annually. It also has 5,500 full-time employees.
The VFO is part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation because of the impact filmmakers bring to the state.
Edmunds said this strike not only affects the usual crew, but also lumber supply, restaurants and prop houses, to name a few.
He said people have to get second jobs.
"This has created a tough time for our awesome crew and talent. They unfortunately are not able to fulfill the hour requirements to keep their benefits going," he said.
When it comes to the Virginia Film Festival this October, Edmunds said we'll have to wait and see what content it will be able to fill the weekend with or if the talent can come.
He said that when this strike eventually ends, he hopes the backup of work will bring a slew of production to Virginia and help the Commonwealth bounce back.