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November 30, 2007


the great baldini

I assume "Rolling Stones" magazine was tongue in cheek, right??

great baldini

yeah, but did you make "Rolling Stone" magazine, too?


Why is no one talking about what the advertisers said this week about asking for refunds if they have to settle for Celebrity Apprentice when they paid for The Office? This is crunch time. What the producers did was try to break morale. Because they know that just a scant month from now they will be in the crapper, probably forever.Writers! Hold out! You CAN make it through. There is gold at the other side, but you must not break yur resolve!


Picketing is great for writers who get their best ideas while pacing.


What’s to be cheerful about? Kids, Santa will bring no toys. You weren’t bad. The AMPTP and WGA were. No toys, no toxic lead paint.WGAW members can be grateful they don’t face 3 months picketing in a New York winter. We have out a month and have already shown more resolve than the DGA in 1987 directors strike lasting a grueling 3 hours and 5 minutes.This strike hasn’t be nearly as job killing as past Hollywood labor actions. 2000 Commercial actors strike, nearly six months.1988 Writers Guild of America strike, over five months, 22 weeks.1981 Writers Guild of America strike, three months.1980 Actors strike, three months.1960 Actors strike, led by SAG President Ronald Reagan, six weeks.1952 Actors strike, two and a half months.1945 Set decorators Hollywood Black Friday strike, six months.1942-43 Musician’s strike, thirteen months plus.


According to the LA Times, the strike forced late-night comedy shows to let up on Hillary Clinton. But she generously offered to settle the strike - November 5, 2008.

a. buck short

ken levine said...And the biggest benefit – finally a new version of AMERICAN GLADIATORS!Hey! Another good thing to come out of the strike. Realty TV has now officially, JUMPED THE SHARK.


Marlon M. said:"I just saw the numbers of the WGA proposal over at Nikki's. 151 megabucks a year"Actually, according the to WGA site, what WGA wants would cost studios an extra $150 Million, over three years.Certainly well within the means of the studios, however to be accurate if that number is true you need to multiply it by 9.5 to derive the true cost to the studios. (great explanation about residuals here)So if it's $150M over three years then the total cost to the studios would be $1.425 Billion over three years.Yes that's a lot of money, but then again the studios make billions off of the content, so they ought to pay for it. If you read the explanation about the 9.5 multiple he concludes that the studios should be able to comfortably bump up the residual rate to 1.25-1.5% (up from .3% now)If the AMPTP were to suddenly come to their senses and offer 1.5% its hard to believe the guilds wouldn't jump at the offer.


Stagehands settled their strike so Broadway musicals are back. But the Writers strike keeps late night comics from making fun of politicians in scandals. For Senator Larry Craig, this is a win win.


Marlon M. said:"l.a. guy,I was scratching my head for a minute, thinking you meant 9.5x total studio cost for the writers"Yeah, sorry, I should have been clear that the total cost represents what the studios would likely have to collectively pay to all of the guilds based upon whatever they ultimately agree to pay one.And to give credit where due, I discovered the link on Craig Mazin's ever evolving Artful Writer site which features some pretty spirited, yet intelligent discussions about the strike.


I didn't even know the Stones had a magazine. Probably a lot of ads for ED and bladder control products in there.(See, who needs those WGA writers anyhow.)

Jay Leno

Guys, don't hate me! I am going to support you. Tomorrow I'm having Mavis and 384 of my closest friend take my entire car collection and drive to whereever you are striking and honk our horns. Honestly, I need my writers. It may look like it, but my show doesn't write itself. It takes hours to craft a decent OJ joke.

John Pearley Huffman

Now that LateShowWritersOnStrike.com has become one of my favorite blogs, I'm scared that when the strike ends they'll stop writing it.Screw it. Just have all the writers start blogs and I'll just skip television completely.


My favorite thing to come out of the strike - finding your blog.*cue aww*

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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