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Archive for the ‘strike’ Category

More potential casualties of the strike: the awards shows

Posted by gnn1 on Sunday, 18 November 2007

A prolonged strike could affect awards shows including the Golden Globes, Emmys, Grammys, SAG Awards, and possibly the Oscars.   December is nominations month for all except the Oscars, which are announced in January.

Writing for the shows starts after the nominations–sometimes the very next day–and doesn’t end until the show is off the air.

“You’re responding to what happens during the course of the show, so there’s writing going on all evening long,” he said, adding that nearly every part of the program is the work of the writers — “anything basically except an acceptance speech.” —  Bruce Vilanch, writer, Academy Awards

Neal Sacharow, a WGA spokesman, indicates that the WGA is unsure how the shows will be affected but confirms that many of them are “written under WGA contracts.”

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Thoughts on the response to the WGA strike

Posted by gnn1 on Friday, 9 November 2007

Because of the magnitude and importance of this strike to the entertainment industry, a large portion of my blogging will be about the strike.
A lot of people seem to be under the impression that all the striking writers, showrunners, etc are rich or greedy.  The sad fact is that most of them are not.  They rely on residuals (the ones they are fighting to increase) to get them through the times between films, when their TV show is canceled, or they have to leave work due to serious illness or pregnancy.

This strike affects me in future-interests, as I am a (currently non-union) writer (I do write more than this blog and my PA blog).  I appreciate that there are people willing to stand up for what they deserve.

It’s not solely about needs.  It’s about fairness and getting what is deserved.

The 3 or 4 cents per DVD is based on an agreement that is 22 years old (1985).  I mean, it’s not like the cost of fuel, food, clothes, or anything else has increased in 22 years!

That agreement undercut the writers back THEN.  They agreed to less than they wanted because the HomeVid business was struggling.  At this time it’s flourishing.

They made a concession 22 years ago like they are willing to make now!  And are still being called greedy.

Instead of calling the writers greedy, take a look at the producers who aren’t willing to make concessions of  an extra buck-thirty on an online (download) sale.

One further thought.  Both directors and actors start negotiations soon.  Traditionally whatever contract is accepted first is accepted by the other 2.  So the writers are also, by proxy, working for a better deal for the DGA and SAG, who contractually cannot strike.

I will miss my TV shows that are to be affected.  But as a writer I will stand behind the WGA in this effort.

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