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Topic: Writers Strike...
Message: Posted by: Clock (Nov 5, 2007 02:45AM)
As of Today, there is a writers strike in Hollywood that could last up to several months. The guild feels that they are not getting thier fair share of DVD, Internet, Cell phone sales. This could put a hold on many TV shows and and have an estimated loss of a billion dollars.

Can't wait to see how this plays out!
Message: Posted by: rossmacrae (Nov 5, 2007 04:46AM)
You'll find an insiders view of the issues here:


It's also a very entertaining blog.
Message: Posted by: Bill Nuvo (Nov 5, 2007 07:23AM)
Oh no. More reruns of The Simple Life, Survivor...
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Nov 5, 2007 10:28AM)
Ghost Writer available!
Message: Posted by: kregg (Nov 5, 2007 11:50AM)
I've been asked by SAG not to write. So ... I guess this is goodbye. :wavey:

Dear Guild Member:

Screen Actors Guild staff have been working very closely with WGA strike leaders over the weekend to plan and coordinate Guild support at the WGA’s picket lines. The Guild will have a staff presence at every picket line to ensure that SAG members’ questions are answered.

If you are contracted to work on a television series or motion picture that continues to produce while the WGA is on strike, you are obligated by your personal service agreement and the “No Strike” clause in our collective bargaining agreements, to go to work. You can continue to audition for work if you choose to do so.

Screen Actors Guild members should not perform the duties covered by WGA contracts. Simply stated, you should not write anything normally written by striking WGA writers.

We encourage you, on your own time, to walk any picket line that has been set up by the WGA to show your solidarity. If you are not working (or are on break or lunch) and want to come out to support the WGA picket line, please come to one of the following locations beginning tomorrow, Monday, November 5, at 9 a.m. When you arrive at the location, look for the designated Screen Actors Guild staff member as indicated below.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Nov 5, 2007 12:07PM)
Personally I think they should fill the void with playing Marx Brothers movies and re-runs of the three stooges. Both would be superior to what the writers have been producing of late.
Message: Posted by: kregg (Nov 5, 2007 12:10PM)
A wise guy aye?
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Nov 5, 2007 12:30PM)
I'll write 'em....just contact me guys.
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Nov 5, 2007 01:39PM)
2nd thought...I'll bet there will be TONS of Ghost Writing going on...
Message: Posted by: kregg (Nov 5, 2007 02:05PM)
Doug let's hook up and do a "reality" show about paranormal writer's in the hills.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Nov 5, 2007 02:12PM)
On 2007-11-05 13:10, kregg wrote:
A wise guy aye?

Coitainly, Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Nov 5, 2007 02:33PM)
A writer's strike? No! Does this mean there won't be any good, original programming on TV? Oh, wait...

I remember waiting to learn, with the rest of America, who shot J.R., when another writer's strike hit. Instead of waiting through just the 3-month summer break, a writer's strike hit and delayed the [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y223eoeIaBc]revelation of J.R.'s killer[/url] [i]another[/i] 3 months!
Message: Posted by: kregg (Nov 5, 2007 03:06PM)
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Nov 5, 2007 03:17PM)
In solidarity with my union brothers, I'm not working on my patter until this strike is resolved...
Message: Posted by: RS1963 (Nov 5, 2007 03:29PM)
Maybe t.v. will get better now? Yeah Right! It didn't get better durring or after the last writters strike. It certainly won't get any better now either.

Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Nov 5, 2007 03:50PM)
Got a better idea triggered by that comment Kregg. Will PM you. :)
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Nov 5, 2007 03:52PM)
So, if this is a writer's strike, does that mean the picket signs will be blank? :bg:

On 2007-11-05 16:06, kregg wrote:

I hope they read the WGA e-mail:

"Failure to picket is a violation of Strike Rule 10, which says: ‘You must picket and/or perform other strike support duties and cooperate with Guild committees charged with enforcement of the Strike Rules…’ Absent a valid medical excuse, non-writing employment, compelling personal circumstances [necessary child or elder care] or emergency, you are obligated to perform these duties when and where requested. If there is a personal circumstance making strike support duties impossible when requested, members are required to arrange alternate times to contribute to the strike effort…’ Basically, failing to picket is a punishable offense."

On 2007-11-05 16:17, gaddy wrote:
In solidarity with my union brothers, I'm not working on my patter until this strike is resolved...

...at least you can blend in at the local magician's club.
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Nov 5, 2007 04:28PM)
My favorite strike was when my brother in laws dealerships sales group went on strike. They didn't want to lose any sales so they hired strikers to walk in front but they still went to work....I'm not kidding.... The owner then fired all of the sales people including my brother in law because calling yourself a union doesn't make you a union.
Message: Posted by: Josh Riel (Nov 5, 2007 05:15PM)
Santa, it seems your brother in law misunderstood the point of a strike.

One might hire strikers to make the strike seem big, but....
Message: Posted by: Josh Riel (Nov 5, 2007 05:24PM)
Scott, usually Unions have money set aside to pay for the lost time of striking workers. A unions paramount responsibility is to it's members and having them go broke in a strike won't cut it.

So as they are being paid by the Union, they are generally required to do something for it, it may be a debatable argument though as the member would have had to pay it in already for the union to have it in the first place... Although I must admit, I am ignorant of this unions standing rules.

We have a no strike clause, so it would have to go through every available channel before it gets to that point. I'm glad because most people don't understand the importance of a strike, and it usually only makes for bad publicity.
Message: Posted by: RobertBloor (Nov 5, 2007 07:20PM)
If Reagan were here he'd fire all of them.

From what I understand though - the WGA has a valid point. There work is being produced in, and reaching further into newer mediums. The studios are making more from that, so I say the WGA deserves a bit bigger piece of the pie.

Message: Posted by: Barry Gitelson (Nov 5, 2007 07:35PM)
The good news is that David Regal is now free to come up with some new magic.

No Instructions.....
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Nov 5, 2007 09:56PM)
What show is Regal on now?

Josh, his logic at the time was if they walked the picket lines the place would hire people to sale cars anyway and they would lose the sales so they hired the strikers to walk around during slow times so they would still be able to make money. It was the stupidest strike of all time, happened at a Toyota dealership in Union City California. Like I said, he and the rest of 'em were fired and replaced and he just went to another Toyota place up toward SF where he makes well over $100k a year selling hybrids.
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Nov 6, 2007 08:06AM)
Who's gonna write their picket signs?