31 October: Judgement Day for the WGA

08Oct07

The Hollywood studios and writers are fighting. In the union world, they call this negotiating. With emerging technology changing the face of an industry overnight, everyone wants their fair share of the pie. The contract between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Writers Guild of America is up on Halloween, and there is still no sign of a new agreement.

Writers want to be paid for work that gets distributed online. Studios don’t want to pay residuals until they’ve turned a profit.

Why should you care about any of it? This paragraph from the L.A. Times:

Bracing for possible strikes by writers and actors, networks and studios have accelerated production of various movies, TV shows and pilots, stockpiled scripts and ordered up more reality TV shows, game shows and new programs that they could run during a strike.

You could see this as one of two signs:

  1. You’ll be out of work for a while.
  2. You have a chance to sell that script of yours.

What was that agent’s number again?

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