Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Why the Writer's Strike Matters
Thanks to *everyone who noticed my return to the blog. Can't say that I'll be posting regularly again, but the current writer's strike has driven me to, well, write. Why am I breaking my silence now? Because before it was just something in the news happening far far away from me (351 miles, to be exact). Then "The Office" ran out of fresh episodes and my world became a tiny bit darker, but still manageable.
I recently learned, however, that the strike has ruined an upcoming trip to Vancouver, and anything that stands between me and Canada is deeply unsettling to me. You see, I was planning on doing a number of set visits early next year to shows that tape in the "Other, Colder, Los Angeles". Shows like "Smallville", "Kyle XY", "Battlestar Gallactica", etc. That trip has now been postponed. Indefinitely.
My writer friends have been agitating about the strike since its inception, dutifully explaining why it's so important their demands are met by the AMPTP. Things like getting a percentage of the profits from new media, and other needling concerns involving writers of Reality Television and animated shows. Naturally, I couldn't quite follow it all since I am not a WGA member. It didn't personally affect me.
Had someone sat me down and explained to me in simple English that--"Laura, if the producers refuse to consider the writers' reasonable demands, you won't be able to go to Canada..."--I totally would have been on board from the get go. In fact, I would have been on the picket lines. And, of course, today I learn about the cancellation of the winter TCA press tour, which means one less trip to LA, one less chance to swill free alcohol and enjoy green room snackies. It's awful.
Point being, I DO know how serious this strike is now. So to the two people that still read this, make your voices heard. Support the writers
. Let producers know it's time to put an end to their money-grubbing ways and make a deal...so that I can go to Canada.