Monday, November 05, 2007

US Writers' Strike

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...

7 comments:

kool g murder said...

hey Stakko, not to ride roughshod over your news on the US scriptwriters strike, but but but - the 'week' that you referred to when red planet entrants find out if they made it to the next round, does that end tomorrow? Or Friday? Sorry to keep harping on about it, I wish there was somewhere else where cock-eyed optimists like me could hang out to discuss such matters, but this seems to be the main spot. I'm already pretty much resigned to bad news, (so much for the optimism) but the faint possibility is killing me...

Anonymous said...

Totally. If ANYBODY has heard back from RP will they please post here - even if it's anonymously. Just so we know the fat lady has sung...

silent fat lady said...

ooooh everyone is jumpy, jumpy, jumping like fleas today....

Anonymous said...

AArgh. I thought that was Danny saying it was all over! Have to say though...good news does tend to travel fast in these circumstances....so I'm assuming you're warming up in the wings fat lady!

kool g murder said...

just a heads up, there's a message on red planet saying sorry for the delay, emails will be sent out in the next few days. I guess the fat lady's still warming up.

silent fat lady said...

ccrrrrrkkkkkk!!!!
*splutter*

*gargle*

Dublin Dave said...

Check out Lucy Vee's blog

http://lucyvee.blogspot.com/

for a link to a short video which lays out what the strike is all about.

Good to see you publicising the strike and why it matters to us all Danny.