Tag: strike

  • Let’s Make a Deal

    The deal summary for the WGA strike can be found here. It’s not as much as we would have liked. It’s more than the studios would have liked. It’s a deal both sides can live with. That seems fair to me. Some of the highlights: The WGA is recognized as the exclusive bargaining representative for […]

  • Strike no-news

    The AMPTP and the negotiating committee continue to talk behind the scenes about what they might talk about at the negotiating table when they get back to negotiating. Nikki Finke is positive but, hell, we’ve been positive before just before the AMPTP tried to fuck us in the ear. (You’ll note that, as predicted in […]

  • Dollars and sense

    Cost to NBC in ad revenue due to cancellation of this year’s Golden Globes award: $15-$20msource Cost to NBC of agreeing to every single one of the writers’ demands for the next three years: $22.32msource And we haven’t even got to the Oscars yet. Staying away from the negotiating table is simply not good business.

  • Pilot season is on the Internet this year

    So… You’re a working writer. Only you’re not at the moment, because you’re on strike. (See pavements passim.) You’ve got a lot of friends in the industry working as camera operators, riggers, teamsters, and so on who can’t work at the moment because you’re on strike. How can you support them? Well… given that this […]

  • I went on a negotiating course once, you know

    So, here we are again. The AMPTP has thrown the toys out of the pram, and my cautious optimism has come to naught. Let’s delve a little deeper. Datestamp: 6th December 2007Nikki Finke reports rumours that the AMPTP has no intention of making a deal, and is planning to storm out of the talks Datestamp: […]

  • Strike no-news.

    Well, the AMPTP and the WGA are sat back at the table now, and beginning their talks. (That’s if I’ve calculated the time differential between here and LA correctly.)(Said time differential is, of course, why I can’t do the buttons up on my jacket properly any more.) There’s a news blackout at the moment to […]

  • So, Piers, what can I do to ensure the writers get a fair deal?

    Well, funny you should mention that. To those of us not in LA at the moment, it’s a bit difficult to get up and join a picket line. We need another way of bringing our sympathy with the writers to the studios’ attention. So: send the moguls a box of pencils. I’m serious. It costs […]

  • The Internet. It’s too new!

    So, according to the Studios, the use of any content on the Internet is promotional. Even if the entirety of the work is shown and they make money from it.source, point 2(a) and (b) Mm. Interesting. I wonder how much those moguls think these new media streams might impact their bottom line? I mean, can’t […]

  • Why We Fight

    I’ve already put this in the sidebar… but I think it would be good to have it in the main section. It’s a three-and-a-half minute video stating what the issues are behind the current strike. If you haven’t seen it already, please spend a few minutes to find out what the writers are actually asking […]

  • Put the pencil down, and move away from the keyboard

    Well, iacta alea est, as Julius Caesar reportedly said before entering a big fight that he really didn’t want to have. No deal was reached yesterday, so as of 12:01am today, the Writers’ Guild of America is on strike. Here’s what we’re asking for.  It’s not much. But as you can see here, the studios don’t […]