Writers strike Nov 1st?

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  1. Oct 14, 2007 #1 of 142
    alyssa

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    Granted I haven't been involved with any strikes but after having read the writers & network/movie positions, a strike seems inevitable. The writers contract expires on Nov. 1st.

    Here's the link
    http://wga.org/subpage_member.aspx?id=2478


    Mod's feel free to move this- I didn't know where to post it but it seemed relevant.
     
  2. Oct 14, 2007 #2 of 142
    justapixel

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    Seems to be in the right place.
    I hope it doesn't happen. :(
     
  3. Oct 14, 2007 #3 of 142
    Neenahboy

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    It's definitely a thorny situation, but the studios have been prepping all summer by accelerating film and television production schedules to get more footage in the can. If it does happen, it'll be a while before the average American notices, and they'd hopefully have a deal in place by then.
     
  4. Oct 14, 2007 #4 of 142
    doom1701

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    Well, Peter Graves is still alive. Maybe we can do a third go around for "The Condemned"?
     
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    dswallow

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    I have no problem doubling the rate from $0.04/DVD to $0.08/DVD for the writers if the writers would (a) stop writing all reality shows and (b) stop writing at a level the average 12-year-old could do better and (c) hire at least one person to review/correct the script for stupidity and moronicity before production on it begins.

    But it should go both ways... if the show is really bad, the writers should have to pay us $0.08/DVD as an environmental pollution fee that can only be waived by distributing the show on DVD-RW media.
     
  6. Oct 14, 2007 #6 of 142
    mwhip

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    You do realize you are only in the .000001% of Americans that notice that, right?

    Well I actually think it is a good thing it will give some of the new TV shows time to grow and be yanked so quickly.
     
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    bicker

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    I would hope that the networks use the eventual writers/actors/directors strike as an excuse to import programming from the UK, Canada and Australia, to fill our airwaves.
     
  9. Oct 15, 2007 #9 of 142
    Fahtrim

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    qft
     
  10. Oct 15, 2007 #10 of 142
    Jesda

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    As usual, I agree with Doug.
     
  11. Oct 15, 2007 #11 of 142
    5thcrewman

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    Moronicity Police are in the minority!
     
  12. Oct 15, 2007 #12 of 142
    JDHutt25

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    Reality shows typically don't use WGA writers.
     
  13. Oct 15, 2007 #13 of 142
    dswallow

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    Then they should be able to readily agree to the terms. :)
     
  14. Oct 15, 2007 #14 of 142
    dcheesi

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    In fact, many people blame the rise of "reality" TV on the last writers' strike. The networks started looking for ways to have shows without writers, and hit upon the reality concept as an option.

    Of course viewers are still ultimately to blame for making those early experiments runaway hits...
     
  15. Oct 15, 2007 #15 of 142
    JDHutt25

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    Worst part is that while the reality shows USE writers, none of them admit to it.
     
  16. Oct 15, 2007 #16 of 142
    That Don Guy

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    I heard that BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP excuse me...pesky Urban Legend alarm...anyway, I heard that the writers are considering holding off on their strike until the actors' and directors' contracts expire next June.

    (I wouldn't be a bit surprised if the WGA and DGA contract problems is the reason Disney is rushing Miley Cyrus through her Hannah Montana tour so they can start filming the HM movie in January, so those of you with young girls who have stopped talking to you because you couldn't come up with tickets for the one concert night in your area may have some idea who to blame.)

    -- Don
     
  17. Oct 15, 2007 #17 of 142
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Mark Evanier, a screenwriter and comic book writer (perhaps best known for his Groo collaborations with Sergio Aragones) has a blog, where he has been answering readers' questions about the strike, and clearing up misconceptions, including som eissue that have come up here. The blog is kind of hard to navigate, but here are the last few (maybe all of them?) WGA strike entries:

    http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2007_10_14.html#014180
    http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2007_10_13.html#014177
    http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2007_10_07.html#014138
    http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2007_10_05.html#014129
    http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2007_10_03.html#014116
     
  18. Oct 15, 2007 #18 of 142
    GadgetFreak

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    I've heard that the networks may also run shows that originally aired on cable. i did not hear specifics, but it would be interesting to see how many people would tune into "mad men", "Damages", etc if they were on the Big Networks.
     
  19. Oct 15, 2007 #19 of 142
    allan

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    I don't blame them. If I wrote for a reality show, I wouldn't admit it either. :D
     
  20. Oct 15, 2007 #20 of 142
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Oh, the writers would LOVE to admit to it, if they got paid WGA scale for it!
     

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