Daily Show Writers, on the line
A video the Daily Show writers put together this week, on the picket lines, down on Wall Street.
(all things butcherhouse and beyond)
This blog has essentially turned into my WGA Strike venue. Because my fledgling career is frozen—along with everyone else's—until the WGA has a new contract that is reasonable.
What is the dispute between writers and producers about?
Text from an ad in Daily Variety, 11/1:
“You guys will still break stories, right?”
“Your people can still write scripts. I mean, who would know?”
We would know that doing so undermines the very cause for which we’re fighting. We would know that it sends the wrong message to those who honor our picket lines.
We would know that it only serves to prolong a strike.
So, just to be absolutely clear: In the event of a strike, we, the following showrunners, will do no writing and no story breaking — nor will any be asked of our writing staffs — until we get a deal.
(According to Jim)
(Aliens in America)
(Back To You)
Ronald D. Moore
David E. Kelley
(Brothers & Sisters, Eli Stone, Dirty Sexy Money)
(Cory in the House)
(CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
(CSI: New York)
(Dirty Sexy Money)
Thania St. John
(Everybody Hates Chris)
David A. Goodman
John F. Bowman
(Friday Night Lights)
(Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice)
(How I Met Your Mother)
(It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
(King of the Hill)
(Law & Order)
(Law & Order:Criminal Intent)
(Law & Order: SVU)
(M.O.N.Y., The Philanthropist)
(My Name is Earl)
(The New Adventures of Old Christine)
(Notes from the Underbelly)
(Out of Jimmy’s Head)
(Rules of Engagement)
(The Sarah Silverman Program)
(The Shield, The Unit, The Oaks)
James L. Brooks
(South of Nowhere)
(Suite Life on Deck)
(Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles)
(The Tonight Show with Jay Leno)
(Wizards of Waverly Place)
R. Scott Gemmill
(Women’s Murder Club)
Posted on the WGAE website, Wednesday night:
Dear Fellow Members:
Today, just hours before the expiration of our contract, the AMPTP brought negotiations to a halt.
The companies refused to continue to bargain unless we agree that the hated DVD formula be extended to Internet downloads.
This morning we presented the AMPTP with a comprehensive package of proposals that included movement on DVDs, new media, and jurisdictional issues. We also took nine proposals off the table. The companies returned six hours later and said they would not respond to our package until we capitulated to their Internet demand.
After three and a half months of bargaining, the AMPTP still has not responded to a single one of our important proposals. Every issue that matters to writers, including Internet reuse, original writing for new media, DVDs, and jurisdiction have been ignored. This is completely unacceptable.
Writers Guild of America, East
Patric M. Verrone
Writers Guild of America, West