We, the undersigned, fully support the strike of the Writers Guild of America, and agree with the WGA’s stated goals of obtaining just and fair compensation regarding revenues generated through “new media”.
So far, they’ve gathered 53,889 signatures. Whoops, 53,893. Wait, now it’s up to 53,903 …
More guff for the AMPTP below the jump …
I fully support the strike.
Writers in this town have been getting boned in all the worst ways for decades. With the exception of the privileged (and often talented) 5-percenters who bathe in hundred-dollar bills every morning from the years-long deal packages and perks they’ve earned and wangled, the vast majority of writers (good and bad) barely eke out a decent living.
And as we all know by watching the utter shit drooling out of the screens big and small lately (probably 80% of it, if you’re feeling bearish, which I guess I am), Hollywood isn’t known for spending good money on great writing when it can put together a star bill and special-effects budget instead that will make the rubes forget the story sucks.
I know of one author of a couple of middle-sized (and most-excellent) action pictures that did very well at the box office and have now moved onto the rental market (where they’re not making him a dime) who wasn’t even sure BEFORE the strike if he could make his mortgage. Now?
By and large, writing in L.A. ain’t a 9-5 job, and it ain’t for the faint of heart.
Of course, if you think the writers are whiny and overpaid and it’s all a load of bollocks, you’re also welcome to have at me below.