For those of you new to the site, a little bit about me. As you might have gathered in my apartment description in the previous post, I'm not completely destitute, but I'm not doing laps in my Scrooge McDuck pool either. My writing partner and I are very, very much in the early stages of our career. We're repped, we have a few credits, we're building up for staffing season, and we're still individually earning a lot of our income through other occupations (you can find me on Sunset and Vine after 1 am). So those reports you hear about this strike being waged by $200K-earning writers are not completely accurate.
I've held off on blogging about the strike because I want to choose my words wisely and present to you a thorough, well-thought out post, chronicling not only the industry-wide effects, but the personal ones too. In the meantime, I highly encourage you to check out the following sites for info:
Deadline Hollywood Daily
LA Times' Show Tracker
The Artful Writer
Variety's Scribe Vibe
TV Guide's Strike Watch
Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Unit) Explanation Email
Joss Whedon Speaks Out
Also check out these two videos for a quick Strike 101 tutorial:
*note: in above video, they mention dvd residuals. this was actually taken off the table by the WGA and yet the AMPTP still walked away from negotiations.
I'll be posting more about the strike as the days carry on (hopefully not for too long). But for now, Silly Pipe Dreams must "go dark."
Well you see, Liz at Glowy Box recently emailed fellow TV bloggers to discuss what blogs can do to support the cause. Many ideas were bounced back and forth, and some of those will be carried out, but as the first step in an ongoing campaign, us bloggers decided to not post for a day. The TV Week story's already been linked on Drudge Report, Deadline Hollywood Daily, and Defamer.
Now, you may be asking, "Sonny Lee, how is this any different than the 5 other days a week you don't post?" Astute observation, imaginary reader. One that I don't appreciate you bringing up. But you're right, me not blogging for a day really doesn't mean much. And in the grand scheme of things, 20 other bloggers shutting off their laptops for a day doesn't do much either. But it's merely a symbol. That there are many online and offline who support the cause. And it's a starting point for a much larger dialogue between bloggers and fans on how to get "Big Media's" attention. If bloggers and fans can unite to save Jericho, then surely, they can take action for the sake of every scripted piece of entertainment in television and film. Not to mention the jobs and homes of many assistants and production crew. But more on that later...
Anyway, below is the official TV blogger "community" post...
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TV Blogs Go Dark in Solidarity with the Writers Guild of America
On November 13th, this blog and the blogs listed below will be on strike for the day in solidarity with the Writers Guild of America. As fellow writers and as TV fans, we are coming together to express our strong support for the writers and their goals. We believe that when a writer's work makes money for a company, that writer deserves to be paid.
Many writers depend on residuals for a stable income, and that income shouldn't be based on an outdated formula which ignores the existence of new media and all but a tiny percentage of DVD sales. The talented writers responsible for so much of what we love about television should and must be paid fairly and equitably, and we will stand with them until they reach that goal. For everyone's sake, and for the sake of television, we hope both sides can come to an agreement quickly.
To further that goal, we are calling on our readers to sign this petition and to contact the following television networks, voicing support for the writers and for a return to the negotiating table:
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
7800 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
NBC / Universal
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
After the blackout, we intend to continue our campaign to support the WGA until the dispute has been resolved fairly. Since we will not be posting any new content on the 13th, we encourage our readers to visit United Hollywood instead for frequent updates about the strike.
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