Writers Strike Update: Writer-Made Videos and Blogs; Explaining the Strike
There isn't much of a change with the Writers Guild strike yet, despite just passing Day 8. There still has been no public announcement regarding progress on reaching an agreement and if anything, it seems to be getting worse, as the writers are showing up in larger numbers and the studios are threatening more law suits. Every new day brings some sort of news or blog or video, which is probably best covered over at Deadline Hollywood, but there are a few worth pointing out. Those writers are ever-so-creative and continue to make us laugh and smile and fight for their cause despite being out picketing in front of the studios every single day.
One of the best videos to hit the internet arrived earlier today via Deadline Hollywood and is titled "A Response from the Studios". The cameraman finds a studio executive picketing out front of the Writers Guild of America and asks him to explain why the writers are being unfair to the studios. Worth watching? Definitely!
Now that you've watched that fun little video, I'm sure you're in the mood for plenty more. Since the writers aren't writing scripts, they only have one place to go to write: the internet! Many of them have ended up blogging online and the whole web is now abuzz with discussion from some big Hollywood writers. "Cheers" television show writer Rob Long has started a blog, something he said he'd never do, and his first WGA-related post titled Strike… is online. Many others have already set up camp on their blogs and have been talking about it for a while, including John August (The Nines, Big Fish) and Craig Mazin (Scary Movie 3, 4, 5).
One of Hollywood's most recognizable writers at the moment is Diablo Cody, who wrote the indie hit Juno and is possibly looking forwards to an Oscar nomination for it. Her blog, The Pussy Wagon, is buzzing with plenty of strike chat and more colorful discussion. She's the one who's pose at the right has caught the eye of many journalists, including my own. "Lost" showrunner and co-creator Damon Lindelof wrote an interesting editorial over at the New York Times about the whole strike.
"I am angry because I am accused of being greedy by studios that are being greedy. I am angry because my greed is fair and reasonable: if money is made off of my product through the Internet, then I am entitled to a small piece. The studios’ greed, on the other hand, is hidden behind cynical, disingenuous claims that they make nothing on the Web — that the streaming and downloading of our shows is purely promotional. Seriously?"
If you want to read all of what Damon Lindelof has to say, it's quite elaborate and worth a read. Hit up the New York Times for that full editorial. The discussion continues onwards and there's always something new and exciting to read from journalists or writers alike every day. Not only was today, Veteran's Day, Bring-Your-Kids Day (click it for photos), but a Bring-A-Star-To-Picket-With-You day is in the works as well.
If you're still confused about the whole strike, then we have just the video for you. Courtesy of SlashFilm, they've uncovered one of the best explanations on the net behind the whole strike, why they did it, and what they want the studios to change. It's titled The Writers Strike: Why We Fight and you can watch it below.
We'll continue to bring you coverage and updates if anything big happens in the strike. For now, all your late night TV shows will be cancelled, your regular sitcoms and weekly shows will be finishing their last episodes for the season, and the strike will loom onwards, eventually forcing Hollywood and the entertainment business to shutdown until an agreement can be reached. As for movies, although they'll continue making them if the script is completed, lots of projects currently being written and in pre-production have stopped and no progress will be made until a resolution is reached.
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