Title: Topic Not Available Due to Strike Action.
Description: The WGA Strike
LuppyLuptonium - January 10, 2008 03:54 AM (GMT)
I'm very angry.
I'm downright furious.
The WGA has been on strike for a little over 2 months now, and now it seems that every moron with a soapbox to stand on seems to be coming out of the woodwork to, "In their support of the Writers" bash the few things that give them hope.
When Letterman actually made a deal with the writers for fair compensation, it was considered controversial.
The Battle over if Conan or Leno were allowed to write their monologues, not only controversial... but a dumb battle that confused the entire issue.
And now I go searching the internet for hopes of an end to this strike, and all I get is idiots Jeering Jon Stewart and Steve Colbert for going back to work.
Jon Stewart is pro writers. I don't care if he had to write a few things for his program, because he is the one who would be MOST LIKELY to give the writers a voice.
Hell, writers need to be trying to get booked for these shows now... Plead to the People one on one... Make the corporations regret subjugating them. And these stupid as fuck reporters need to actually focus on the goddamn issue. The Writers want fair compensation.
Grandmaster Jogurt - January 10, 2008 08:35 AM (GMT)
Now that A Daily Show and The Colbert Report are on the air, I officially do not care about the strike anymore.
demener - January 10, 2008 06:15 PM (GMT)
I dont watch american TV because of my lack of cable. The strike doesnt affect me, and if it DID the only shows that would affect me are likely Colbert Report, Daily Show, and maybe some stuff on comedy central or cartoon network. Im sure History channel has plenty of good reruns, and other than those 3 channels I dont miss TV.
MFD - January 10, 2008 06:47 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Grandmaster Jogurt @ Jan 10 2008, 03:35 AM)|
| Now that A Daily Show and The Colbert Report are on the air, I officially do not care about the strike anymore. |
Yeah, 'cause it sure wouldn't be nice for Jon to get his writing staff back.
Zap Rowsdower - January 10, 2008 09:30 PM (GMT)
Eh, he's done well enough so far.
And once Presidential Season gets into full swing, the material will practically write itself.
Forever Zero - January 10, 2008 10:29 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (MFD @ Jan 10 2008, 01:47 PM)|
| Yeah, 'cause it sure wouldn't be nice for Jon to get his writing staff back. |
I watched a good chunk of it last night. Honestly, I thought it was funnier then it is with the staff.
invinible - January 11, 2008 12:23 AM (GMT)
With the strike still going on, is there any shows that fan fiction writers could end up taking over or are all those shows affected by the strike stuck on production hold until the strike is over?
Forever Zero - January 11, 2008 12:51 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (invinible @ Jan 10 2008, 07:23 PM)|
| With the strike still going on, is there any shows that fan fiction writers could end up taking over or are all those shows affected by the strike stuck on production hold until the strike is over? |
Have you READ most Fanfiction? You do NOT want those people in charge of television shows. Any of them.
invinible - January 11, 2008 01:28 AM (GMT)
I was thinking of taking control of as many of the shows as possible for a massive cross-over.
MechaV - January 11, 2008 04:30 AM (GMT)
I wouldn't refer to ANYONE who writes fanfiction as a "writer".
Only in the literal definition of the word.
Drekal - January 11, 2008 05:08 AM (GMT)
Seriously. I tried to read fanfiction once, I did, but after a while I kept on thinking "SHOW DON'T TELL!" on a loop.
As well as other things, pertaining to rules of grammar, spelling and punctuation. But those are common to pretty much everywhere online.
Blackdeathdraco - January 11, 2008 05:31 AM (GMT)
You know what I would do if I had the power to? Tie up everyone involved with the strike and force em to watch shows based off of those fanfics!
LuppyLuptonium - January 11, 2008 05:59 AM (GMT)
I watch TV a lot. Even reality TV... Reality tv beats normal gameshows for fluff, but really is nothing more.
Grandmaster Jogurt - January 11, 2008 06:10 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (invinible @ Jan 10 2008, 06:28 PM)|
| I was thinking of taking control of as many of the shows as possible for a massive cross-over. |
You're not allowed to suggest ideas anymore.
MechaV - January 11, 2008 01:45 PM (GMT)
I'm in solidarity for the writers, honestly, but not the unions.
I'm all for the shows directly dealing with their own writers, just like Letterman did.
MFD - January 16, 2008 09:00 PM (GMT)
Letterman's SHOW didn't do that. His production company
did. This allowed him to also bring back writers for the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
That's why The Daily Show
couldn't come back with writers. He is partly produced by Comedy Central, and Comedy Central wanted to make a deal just for Jon and Stephen. The WGA wanted CC to make the deal for all of its produced shows. Hence, the WGA hasn't just struck a deal with Worldwide Pants. It's struck deals with alot of different production companies, most recently Spyglass Entertainment, a movie production company.
's an interesting article about the AMPTP's endgame. Personally, I see them doing the Scorched Earth policy, but I don't see how that's good for them.
EDIT: Also, yes, the production companies can hire scab
writers to write shows, and yes, fanfiction writers can apply for them. It's highly unlikely they'll get hired, and once the strike is over, their going to be booted through the door by the production company to make way for the old writers, and they'll be blacklisted forever for being scabs.
MFD - January 18, 2008 02:00 PM (GMT)
Well, the Directors' Guild has reached an agreement with the AMPTP. The exact terms are still being clarified, but United Hollywood
has a lot of talk. Overall, the people there think the deal's a good starting point for negotiation, but not, in the end, a good deal for the writers as is. With the deal made, the AMPTP is willing to commence informal talks with the Writers' Guild where they will discuss the DGA deal.
It looks like a positive beginning of the end of the strike. Also, if two deals are hammered out, it's unlikely that the Screen-Actors' Guild will strike, as both deals would provide a solid framework for an SAG deal.
Spriteless Girl - January 19, 2008 06:51 PM (GMT)
Wasn't one season of Star Trek TNG written by fan fic writers because of the writers' strike in the 90s? Man, I loved the episode with the plot stolen from one of Anne Rice's novels with the Scotsman turned into an alien.
I honestly hope that Hollywood self destructs and the unions that serve no purpose go with it. I really believe the Writer's guild and does good things, but not all of them! It's pretty crappy when Sin City is made in Dallas because the union refused to allow the credits a certain way, and turns out to be much cheaper because they don't have to use union everything down to water boys. And the press can can fool 'the masses,' but the writers, they know how each other work.
So... I hope the corporations don't back down, and go the way of the dinosaurs, slow moving beasts. Then we can import some movies, maybe watch independent films in theater? Bollywood for the consumers! *breaks out into dance for no apparent reason*
Forever Zero - January 19, 2008 07:12 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Spriteless Girl @ Jan 19 2008, 01:51 PM)|
| So... I hope the corporations don't back down, and go the way of the dinosaurs, slow moving beasts. Then we can import some movies, maybe watch independent films in theater? Bollywood for the consumers! *breaks out into dance for no apparent reason* |
Wow, that sounds just... Just awful. I don't think I really thought of the potential stakes of the strike until now.
I'm suddenly very hopeful that both sides work it out.