The latest on the potential writers strike is at Backstage.com and I am left wondering if there is any point in the constant rehashing of the issue. And yes, that is exactly what I am about to do. I can’t really help myself.
If you work in Hollywood, want to work in Hollywood, or are even vaguely interested in people who work in Hollywood, you already know that the WGA is negotiating for better residual pay and other benefits for union writers. Every industry rag has said something about it – the same something, over and over – and I have mostly ignored them, my feeling being that the Writers Guild will either call for a strike or they won’t; the DGA and SAG will either join in or they won’t. At the same time, I’ve spent the last several months trying to start a career as a writer and the timing of this potential strike is extremely inconvenient.
So I’m going to continue shopping specs and looking for rewrite work, and continue ignoring the news-that-isn’t-news about the strike (perhaps I’ll pay attention if and when anyone has anything new to say), but I have to admit that I’m feeling more pessimistic by the day.