Saturday, October 20, 2007

We are members of the Writers Guild

More than 5,000 members of the Writers Guild of America cast ballots, with 90.3 percent voting in favor of authorizing a strike against film studios and production companies represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

A walkout could happen November 1st.


Anonymous said...

Care to share why you are striking?

Anonymous said...

Teebs, more insight please... thank you!

Anonymous said...

I know there are concerns about new media and how to compensate writers for DVDs and Internet distribution. A post with your thoughts would be welcome.

tabloidbaby said...

Bottom line is that there are many new forms of media distributing writers' work. Network TV series are showing up on I-Tunes and mobile phones, DVD and elsewhere. The writers want a fair cut of residuals in the new contract with the studios. We got burnt back when home video came in. We want a fair share in the digital era.

The strike vote gives us more leverage with the studios.

DodgerJon said...

That's not all:

Some of us -- say, the folks in game shows, documentaries, reality and talk shows -- would like normal (8 hr) days WITH some health insurance. At present, it's common to work 15 hour days without overtime... AND no medical coverage. ABC made 70 million IN PROFIT last QUARTER... mostly on the backs of creative writers... with absolutely NO SHARING of the benefits (yet most network execs make tremendous salaries). --Hollywood Thoughts.