First of all, I can't believe that no one has made a thread about this yet. Appalling. This proves how little recognition these men and women get.
Some background information for those who haven't heard:
Members of the Writer's Guild of America (WGA)--some 12,000 writers--went on strike November 5, 2007. The strike had been long discussed of, but the breaking point of was reached in a three-year renewable contract between writers and producers, called the Minimum Basic Agreement, failed to be signed on November 2. The strike began officially three days later, and is the first WGA strike since 1988. In 1988, the 22-week long strike cost Hollywood some $500 million dollars and 22% of television sitcom viewers.
Demands by the writers include doubling the earnings they receive from DVD sales (currently at 4 cents per $10 DVD) and getting a cut from Internet views (they currently receive 0%).
The effects are already becoming prominent, just 10 days later. Late-night shows naturally got hit first. Re-runs of Leno are already being played. Jay Leno and Ellen Degeneres, among other talk-show hosts, have supported writers in their endeavors. Countries outside of the US have already been hit--Vancouver, Canada expects 1,000 jobs lost. While other countries won't see effects for some time, due to the 6 month average delay of shows, it's only a matter of time.
What can we expect if the strike continues for an extended period? No more sitcoms. Reality t.v. shows, unwritten game shows, and prime-time sports come to the forefront of viewing. Students with the desire to break into the writing industry will find it nearly impossible to do so. Job-losses all around (The Office has already fired its production crew).
So now that you're informed, I want to know: why does no one care? Do you support the writers, especially in their desire to cash-in on Internet sales? I'm quite interested in the last question, considering this is a forum, and it's no news to any of us that people have been trying to ages to make money off of the 'net.
7th December 2003
Haven't heard anything about this yet, mostly because newspapers here write about the strikes of transportation trade unions all the time.
Writers obviously contribute an important part to the entertainment-industry and considering how much money is made there it seems only fair to increase their share every once in a while.
I'm not too worried. I don't watch many TV shows aside from Dexter. I mostly watch NFL and NCAA football, and I doubt stations are gonna stop showing football, especially primetime games for a bunch of whiney writers. Besides, sitcoms were dead following the end of Seinfeld.
Their strike is a greed motivated cash grab. Asking for an increase in pay is one thing, asking that it be doubled is mildly ridiculous.
I think most of the stuff on TV is absolute trash, if these people want support or sympathy they should start putting out a product worth what they're asking.
Also, I couldn't care less about Jay Leno and his ilk, if they can't write their own material, screw 'em.
I'm quite annoyed by this (I bet a lot of other people are too). They're gonna put Heroes on hold (this may end up with them cancelling the show). If they do that, I'll seriously never forgive them. In addition to that, I've read that the next season of Lost is only half way through, again with the possability of cancellation. I am only thankful that Stargate is Canadian based, and wont be fucked up with the rest of these shows.
I remember this on the news a few days ago.
I remember something Arnold Schwarzenegger said about this in the news, he said it's not going to be the writers or the producers, or the actors or actresses, they are not going to suffer they have the money, but it's going to be the electricians, the people working the lights, the makeup, the cleaners, etc, they are the ones going to suffer.
They're gonna put Heroes on hold (this may end up with them cancelling the show). If they do that, I'll seriously never forgive them. In addition to that, I've read that the next season of Lost is only half way through, again with the possability of cancellation.
Heroes is such a great show.
I heard about this...I'm just glad HEROS won't be affected. I believe their stories are pre plotted. Tim Kring maybe using his own staff. the networks are cheap and fussy.
Want to know the truth?
I could care less if a writer gets pissed and decides to strike, why is this important?
Well we know the answer to that question... keep the natives happy if you want tv
I could care
Why do people always say "I could care less"? It's Couldn't!!!
But other shows like Desperate Housewives and stuff will be affected, they still need to employ writers.