June 11th, 2008 10:33 EST
Vestige of the Vox Populi # 60
We`ve lost the plot!
November 5th, The Writers Guild of America went on strike after their current contract with Hollywood producers expired, because negotiations prior failed to produce acceptable terms in a new contract.
Picketing on the streets outside studios, The WGA (and their supporters) is demanding that writers get paid residuals for internet broadcasts of films and television shows.
Many other industry people besides writers are also joining the strike.
Under protest is lack of Guild controls over payment for internet productions, as well as corporate greed of producers insisting that writers not be paid for TV shows also presented online ¦ which means that writers would not get paid syndication royalties-- a substantial portion of their income!
It is important that we not underestimate the value of our writers ¦ the story tellers.
All scripted TV shows are being shut down indefinitely, leaving few episodes available to air, and with future episodes equally delayed.
While it bothers me that the strike would interfere with my shows being made, it bothers me more that the writers of my shows are not being properly and adequately compensated.
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