Monday, November 12, 2007

Solidarity

I'm sure most of you have heard about the writers' strike by now. Some of you have kindly emailed asking how this affects me. I appreciate your concern. Yes, my writing partner and I are negatively affected, and yes, the strike totally blows. But we have walked the picket lines, and we will continue to support the strike until the New Media issue is resolved.

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
United Hollywood
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."

Huh?

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:

ABC
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
(818) 460-7777

FOX
10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 369-1000

CBS
7800 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 575-2345

NBC / Universal
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 777-1000

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.

In solidarity-

The CineManiac
Daemon’s TV
Ducky Does TV
Gabby Babble
Give Me My Remote
Glowy Box
I am a TV Junkie
The Media Pundit
Mikey Likes TV
Pass the Remote
The Pie Maker
Ramblings of a TV Whore
Seriously? OMG! WTF?
Silly Pipe Dreams
Tapeworthy
Televisionary
TiFaux
Tube Talk
The TV Addict
TV Series Finale
Watch with Intelligence

5 Comments:

Blogger Katie said...

Hello my TV Soulmate,
Thinking of you and all the other WGA members - keep strong. ~katie

1:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to drop in and say I'm rooting for you writers!

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang in there. Hope it ends soon and we're rooting for the writers.

8:20 PM  
Anonymous raynp said...

Good luck with the strike.....its hard because it remains to be seen how to handle the changes in the media outlet, and it will change again. Things change so much and so fast. So I think if anything go with a short contract that can be altered!

And BTW, I was so surprised you didn't include any "Wicked" songs in your Halloween post :-(

Take care,
raynp

10:58 AM  
Blogger Berrio Productions said...

TV Bloggers need to let the world know what the media is not telling them and show the faces that belong to those names that scroll by so fast at the end of your favorite TV show. I hope to see you on the picket line. Those bloggers, who can walk the picket line, I encourage you to do so. If you are not in New York or LA, United Hollywood has artwork that you can post on your blog to help get the message out there and you can also walk a Virtual Picket Line on Myspace.

In solidarity


Tony Figueroa
childoftelevision.blogspot.com

10:55 AM  

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