Writer’s Guild strike – Sign the petition

If you’ve been looking for fast-and-easy ways to show your support for the Writer’s Guild strike over online royalties, here’s a good one: Sign this online petition:

To: AMPTP

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”.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

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.

(Via MediaBistro’s Galleycat, via my mom.)

10 Replies to “Writer’s Guild strike – Sign the petition”

  1. I don’t know if this has yet been mentioned here at b.la, but there’s a “fans support the writers” impromptu demonstration in Burbank starting at 11 AM (ten minutes away as I write this).

    If you’re not a writer, but a fan of the contributions writers make to various shows (and you’re not stuck in Pasadena working and can’t leave like me), you might want to head out.

    Details at http://www.fans4writers.com/

  2. Seriously? Most of the writers ARE overpaid! I pay writers every day, and I can attest to the fact that the majority of them receive much more than the average American. Did you know the median writer (not skewed average) makes over $100k a year? While I realize the writers are doing a wonderful job in making it seem like 4 cents is nothing for a DVD, they’re doing an even better job hiding the fact that DVD’s sell millions of copies and that 4 cents adds up incredibly quickly.

    I do support the writers in fair payments, but the things they’re asking for don’t make sense. They are being paid on new media, but think they should earn money on all the ad sales. It’s like asking Google to pay a percentage on top of what they have already paid to put the video up in the first place. It just isn’t going to happen.

    I’m just so tired of all the petty fights on both sides and want this to end.

  3. I pay writers every day, and I can attest to the fact that the majority of them receive much more than the average American. Did you know the median writer (not skewed average) makes over $100k a year?

    Care to explain this fact a bit further? Median for what group? What’s your source for this?

  4. Oh please. I’d be happy if the entire Hollywood industry imploded in on itself. Then, maybe the average American would pay closer attention to critical political and social issues that ACTUALLY MATTER. Viewing new episodes of Two and a Half Men is not at the top of my priority list.

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