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Was wondering if there's any concern for the value of VIA with a writers strike looming and Paramount being a division of VIA. If the writers go out, it's being suggested the actors may follow as their contract comes up later this year. LA and the state of CA are worried about the economic impact these events could have on them. This would also affect the TV side of the business too.

If there is - and if there is a strike there will be some effect - whatever it is it will be short term. If you need to get out of the stock in the next 12 months, then do what you think is right.

Hard to believe, but Paramount - and CBS, and ABC, NBC, Ford, and every other major corporation on the planet which has unions have had strikes, and it affects the business in the short run. In the long run, not, unless the industry/corporation does something incredibly stupid (which I'll admit has happened. That's not the case here, however.) CBS is still here, Paramount and Universal and Warner Brothers are still making movies. UPS is still delivering packages and American Airlines is still flying.

CBS will do what all the networks did the last time. Increase other kinds of programming, stretch out series, stunt with specials, do more sports and live action including stuff like circuses and ice shows, cut special deals for late night and morning shows, and be fine.

Paramount probably has a 12 month backlog of stuff in the pipeline, so they'll stop producing and have to make up for it later. It won't be a big deal unless the strike lasts a long long long time, which it probably won't since there are no serious issues except for money. (Even the writers' credit issue will be settled pretty easily, since the studios really don't care, it's the directors' perks that are in contention, and the directors don't run the studios.)

So yeah, like any other strike it will hurt. A little. And then everything will settle down and the sun will come out tomorrow".

Bet your bottom dollar...
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