Most of you will no doubt be aware of the writers' strike in Hollywood at the moment. It's about getting fair residuals when work is used (or sold) for internet and new media purposes. Basically, it's the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers) versus the WGA (Writers' Guild of America).
If you'd like to see what they have to say about themselves, click here for the AMPTP, and click here for the WGA's website, or here for their specially created 'strike blog'.
If you're thinking that this doesn't affect you, the humble UK writer, well it does, because we'll inevitably feel the benefit or repercussions of what the WGA are fighting for. And if you're thinking that this is the ideal chance to break the Hollywood market while the rest are on strike, it's not, because while you may enjoy a quick payday or an exciting opportunity, the WGA will ensure you'll never eat lunch in town again.
The UK Writers' Guild is fully supportive of the WGA; click here for their official statement, or keep up-to-date with their blog, here. A good opportunity also to remind you to join the UK Writers' Guild if you are not already a member. Times are a changin'. Get with the program. Strength in numbers. And other such slogans that will help us in the long run.
Watch the video that explains it all...