Saturday, November 17, 2007

Picket Lines

"It’s been touching to see all of those pretty actors on the picket lines showing face and muttering the word “solidarity” out of the kindness of their hearts, but the truth is they too have a lot at stake. You see, whatever the writers get in their negotiation with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will set the precedent for what the actors and directors guilds will expect the AMPTP to pony up for their own contracts next June."

"Writers from around the world -- including Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, English and French Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico and France -- will take part in an International Day of Solidarity on November 28 in support of their striking WGA counterparts. The action was announced at the annual International Affiliation of Writers Guilds' meeting in Montreal, Canada."

"I’m guessing that a prolonged strike may be good news for Jericho. After the big nut protest last spring, Jericho was renewed, but only for a brief seven episode season. If the writer’s strike continues then Jericho will likely be in a very strong position when it airs, with very little competition. Let’s just hope that CBS doesn’t do something stupid, like air it opposite an unscripted, reality TV powerhouse like “American Idol”.

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