WASHINGTON (Hollywood Reporter) - Lawmakers are taking a more active role in the Writers Guild of America strike. A group of California Democrats led by the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee has accused two network chiefs of dragging their feet.
In a letter Friday to Disney president and CEO Robert Iger and Fox president and COO Peter Chernin, the lawmakers urged the executives to pick up the pace of the negotiations, sources said.
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The lawmakers gave no details of impending action, but they could launch an investigation into issues surrounding the strike and its effect on the economies of America's two biggest cities, New York and Los Angeles, as well as its general effect because entertainment products are a valuable economic engine. They cited a study showing the economic impact of the strike to Los Angeles alone as $1.6 billion.