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19 November 2007

Writer's strike

So, this season on television could be pretty short if things between the writers and the producers don't get ironed out fairly soon. But what's this little disagreement about? Essentially, the writers want to get a little extra money when their creations are utilized on digital media: cell phones, PDAs, internet, etc. Currently, they only get money when their creations are broadcast to televisions. The producers don't seem to grasp the concept of "anytime you use our stuff, pay us", which is kind of strange since almost everyone else involved in the broadcast biz gets a little chunk. Just not the writers. Still confused? Maybe this will help:

Thanks, Alex.

  • On 11/19/2007 2:17 PM, Anonymous tonya said…

    we said good by to the big dish in the sky (really on the roof) and now we only watch online. and you are tellin' me they don't get paid for that? then i shouldn't have to watch those stinky commercials.

  • On 11/19/2007 7:21 PM, Blogger soccer mom in denial said…

    I just can't believe those producers can't part with a few more pennies per show. Jerks.

  • On 11/19/2007 9:35 PM, Blogger Sher said…

    Good point, Tonya. I can't believe this is even an issue because you know they're going to give in eventually and hand over the writer's money anyway. In the meantime, I'm suffering over here!

  • On 11/20/2007 12:11 AM, Blogger Suzy said…

    That youtube has made the rounds in Hollywood with its naysayers and fans chiming in. I'm with the WGA on this one.

    My union, SAG, goes up for the same deal in June. If WGA goes down without a fight, it sets a bad precedent for us.

    However, I have below the line friends who are really pissed.

  • On 11/20/2007 3:19 PM, Blogger Jen of A2eatwrite said…

    I freelance. And this was a constant. I would get contracted for a script, or for 3 or 4 versions of a script, and then they'd want 17, and because these were industrials and I'd only get paid by the hour up until however many hours that the production company had bid for me they'd expect me to work for free beyond that point.

    This was small-time university stuff, but there are so many ways that writers get screwed, because, you know, "anyone can write."

    And then with my other hat I'm that other job that "anyone" can do - teaching.

    I'd love to post this and pass you some linky love, if that would be okay?

  • On 11/20/2007 3:44 PM, Blogger Jami said…

    Link away, babe! It's all over the WWW as far as I know.


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