One of the biggest 2008 WGA strikes started during the negotiation of the WGA’s latest agreements with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers it represents over 300 production companies. These negotiation stalled out after W.G.A. members demanded a portion of the revenues CREATED by full-length features, T.V. shows and other media distributed on the Internet.
Why not get our cut? Why is it that screenwriters are occasionally looked at with “Below The Line Eyes?” As writers, there are some basic things you need to do. Feed your family! Pay your bills! Get your piece of the pie. With that in mind, I stand behind my fellow writers! The fanfare covered by the press sparked a unique walkout that proved to be much more damaging to the entertainment industry than we expected.
The abundance of over 60 TV shows had to be shut down, and this caused a significant drop in ratings with the loss of tens of millions of dollars in ad revenue for the networks.
Do I think writers should fight? Yes! I do! We are the creative content creators. We are the ones with the “seeds” of creativity. We are the ones to stay up until 4 am writing content that has substance. Across Hollywood, that particular strike had an estimated cost of more than $3 billion. Well here we are 2017 and another strike. It is interesting how history can repeat itself.
It's hardly a surprise for anyone who has watched these shows (like The Sopranos) and other near-novelistic mid 2000's TV shows that have flourished our screens over the past 15 years. If writers don’t write, then actors don’t work! We give people Jobs in Hollywood. I create work along with other screenwriters and that is why I support the 2017 Writer’s strike! Here we are once more!
The writers' rooms will be turning off their computers if the Writers Guild of America goes on strike. For the folks who run the most talked-about and favorite shows, the sweat has been on getting the work out as soon as possible.
Writers are hunkering down and digging in their heels! I just hope the guild and the Alliance come to an agreement. The other writer’s strike in 2007-08 lasted 100 or so days. Cough, cough. Imagine what that was like. Cricket, Cricket on T.V.!
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When the writers last went on strike it was around 1973. They were upset and they pushed for something new. Since that time in history, the writers’ insurance plan has expanded to become one of the most envied throughout Hollywood. The members don’t pay lofty high premiums and have low deductibles. Thank you for that change!
Why not get what they need? They are the biggest employers in Hollywood. They create work. I believe every piece of writing creates work and creativity, and most of all its entertaining. While you may be someone who whines around the strike, understand that your family will probably be disappointed when the re-runs are back on, or the series is cancelled.
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When a new feature gets an award or makes large wads of cash at the box office, who do we hear about most? The Director? The Producers? The Actors?
A good portion of the time, the screenwriter takes the back seat amidst any of the chaos. It's likely because a film is a collaborative art and unique business, which all starts with the written word on paper. The crucial and influential pieces come into play when it comes to comprehensive agreements written by entertainment lawyers and aided by Guild rules. I love actors! Why? Because actors bring my words to life…
Let this written word penetrate your mind. We create jobs. We put people to work. We bring words to life in conjunction with everyone else. We are one cog in the wheel with an integral part of Hollywood. DON’T IGNORE US. We are the important wheel that keeps Hollywood turning.
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