Their contract officially expired at midnight on Halloween, and now Hollywood's film and TV writer's say they're going to strike on Monday morning. However, negotiations will continue through the weekend between the WGA (Writer's Guild of America) and AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers), but some folks, like Nikki Finke (who's been covering the ordeal non-stop), feel a long, hard-fought strike is all but certain. No one really knows what's going to happen; the WGA are pushing for more residuals from new media distribution (films or TV shows sold online, etc), while the studios would rather wait and experiment a little more before handing over the dollars. The writer's feel that's bullsh*t -- everyone knows the future of distribution will live online, and feel the studios are just being greedy. The studios, on the other hand, are, well, being greedy.
For us, a movie blog, we've already begun to feel the impending strike's sting. It's been quiet, a little too quiet, and a good majority of our audience are made up of writers, producers, directors, publicists, actors, etc -- all of which are too busy focusing on the strike to read our crummy "Should Macaulay Culkin Play Superman in Justice League" posts. Now that I know a bit more about this strike, having spoken to several writers throughout the month, I feel for them ... I really do. Basically, they're getting f**ked ... hard. Without them, there would be no film, no TV show, and they've been treated like the piece of crap you accidentally step on while out walking the dog for way too long. I've included a funny little short, written, directed by and starring a group of well-known writers, that shows you just how far some writers will go to find work during the strike. Support the writers, and enjoy!
UPDATE: The Mayor of Los Angeles wants to step in and help mediate. That won't happen. And apparently, the studio and network big-wigs are meeting in private this weekend (like some sort of all-family mafia sitdown) to discuss God knows what. Over at Nicki Finke's blog, I found a comment from someone calling themselves Writer/Director. For those of you who are not part of the WGA, and would like to understand more about this entire situation, this comment is all you need to read. Check it out after the jump ...
[video via Slashfilm]