Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Writers Strike

The ever-eloquent Mark Evanier writes about the strike situation in a number of blog entries and explains it way better than I ever could. I highly recommend you check it out if you're even remotely interested in what's going on.

I am, however, getting really sick of how the mainstream media is presenting the writers as the villains why you won't see new episodes of Letterman or how they're disrupting location shoots of Desperate Housewives. Compared to the eight-figure salaries many a producer is making, the writers asked for a very small increase (8 cents per DVD—up from 4 cents—and a small percentage of Internet and future media sales). Heck, the Writers Guild dropped the DVD issue and the producers still told them to get bent.

So walk on Writers Guild. You more than deserve what you're asking for and shame on the producers for making things get to this point.


Chris said...

The WGA strike is interesting. I find myself so awash in backlogged content that if it lasts a couple months, it will probably just give me a chance to go through some DVDs and clean off my DVR.

I haven't looked very close at their compensation structure, so I have no idea who should be making what, so I have no opinion on the issue in that regard.

I'm generally pro union, so if all their members want to strike, I think they should. Big Media is all about Big Corporations though, and big corporations don't like anyone telling them what to do, certainly not unions which Big business has been trying to get rid of for decades.

There is still the internet, and they are writers, if professional writers can't get their story out in this day and age, well I can't imagine there is one to tell.

In anycase, it's good to have unions on the front page again I think.

Siskoid said...

I'm anti-union if anything. I think they've gotten as corrupt as governments and big business, are run by lawyers, and many of them are in the business of sacrificing younger members rights for older members' pockets.

I'm not saying that applies here, I even agree that writers should get their due and that they aren't being unreasonable.

I don't watch much tv, so this shouldn't affect me a whole lot. Heroes will get cut off mid-season, which is too bad because it lives off its momentum, but otherwise, well, whatever.

I guess tv will be populated with reality and game shows now. (I say that as if it wasn't already the case... we're just gonna get more and of even worse quality).

smacky said...

It's been interesting to see how those in the positions of writers/actors (like the three from The Office, for example, have handled it. Would they come in just as actors to film completed scripts? Turns out they'd stick with the writers. And Steve Carrell isn't crossing the picket line, so production has stopped anyway. It also looks like a number of show runners are sticking with the writers against the studios.

De said...

Speaking of The Office, supposedly Steve Carrell called in sick due to a case of enlarged balls.

Wes said...

Considering how horrible I've found TV this season, I'm actually relieved by the strike. I don't know how much longer I could suffer through the crap that is now "Heroes", yet I feel compelled to watch in the unlikely hope that it will recapture its former glory.

So yeah, I was pretty glad when I saw that THREE EPISODES LEFT advertisement. Soon -- soon! -- my pain will end.

De said...

Wes - I have a feeling that the NBC execs have had a very big hand in the lack of quality this season on Heroes. It wouldn't surprise me a bit if last year's success made them collectively say, "Let's make it better - here's some notes," to which Tim Kring pretty much has to comply.

Doris Egan lays out the process pretty well (and talks about the strike) here.

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