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Art & Money [Nov. 8th, 2007|01:04 pm]
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Oh, so got an insider's take on the Writer's Strike from one of the striking writers.. It's really messed up what's happening. The writers get NOTHING for DVD sales. They are asking for 8 cents of every 20.00, and the studios will not budge. They have gotten no money with their work being put on the internet. . nothing.

I fully support this strike, even though some serious consequences could arise. My largest fear is that this is going to propel more and more reality tv shows, which I despise. I know the 4th season of LOST is being delayed, as is 24 and who knows how many more countless shows.

I'm sure a lot of you know what's up and no doubt some of you are directly effected by it. I thought it was time to bring some attention to it here, in case you wanted to know some more of what's going on.. Here's some links I've assembled:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/newsenglish/witn/2007/11/071107_hollywood_strike.shtml

http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1681665,00.html

http://origin.mercurynews.com/tv/ci_7393857?nclick_check=1

http://www.workers.org/2007/us/screenwriters-1115/

http://www.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUSN0860218220071108

There's a bit to get you started, share any other links you feel are pertinent too. I just think this will effect most of us in one way or another. I hate it when people screw other people out of the money they deserve. Where would any story be without the writers behind the characters?

So, opinions?

Oh, and some art!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRVts7TFw-Y

This guy is amazing, He painted portraits or interpretations of portraits of 30 people that influenced his life, good and bad and he painted it all on his chest, in the course of 20 hours.. plus ten off camera to sleep and do his private business. Just remarkable.
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[User Picture]From: madbard
2007-11-08 07:30 pm (UTC)
>They have gotten no money with their work being put on the internet. . nothing.

For the record, writers do get fairly substantial up-front fees, which often exceed median yearly incomes for Americans in other industries.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-11-08 08:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, absolutely. I should have clarified that. I meant for after the initial broadcast, etc. For dvd sales, and subsequent internet broadcasts.
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[User Picture]From: mystik00769
2007-11-08 07:56 pm (UTC)
I'm so pissed about 24 being postponed. It sucks. :/

But, I'm with you. The writers deserve so much more than they get. :(
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-11-08 08:47 pm (UTC)
LOL, your icon! YAY!

*nod* Agreed.
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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2007-11-08 08:29 pm (UTC)
People are kind of freaked here in LA, just because this thing has the potential to seriously screw with the economy. The money the studios spend supports a huge number of local businesses. Some of our company's biggest clients are entertainment firms, for instance, and if they shut down we're in serious trouble.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-11-08 08:48 pm (UTC)
*Nod* Makes sense. It's not a good situation.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-11-08 09:30 pm (UTC)
Isn't it? :) Glad you liked!
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From: deepsleepdream
2007-11-08 09:16 pm (UTC)
thx! i enjoyed the art!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-11-08 09:29 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! :)
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[User Picture]From: insane_hope
2007-11-08 09:24 pm (UTC)
I actually have a choice of papers to write for my mass media class, and one topic is the writers strike. I think its interesting that by fighting for what these creative people justly deserve they are innadvertantly proagating a culture of uncreative programing, whose soul purpose is to debase other people's live for our entertainment. This isn't to say I deagree with the writters, I just find the whole situation perplexing
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-11-08 09:32 pm (UTC)
It's a mess. Absolutely.
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[User Picture]From: ebourland
2007-11-08 09:52 pm (UTC)
I support the strike too.

Also I think the prospect of better earnings would attract better writers. Possibly.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-11-08 11:54 pm (UTC)
*nod* Makes sense to me!
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[User Picture]From: vulcmoto
2007-11-08 11:46 pm (UTC)
I'm 100% behind the strike. I'm quite delighted at seeing the stars come out to support the writers.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-11-08 11:57 pm (UTC)
It's very cool. :)
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[User Picture]From: crashusmaximus
2007-11-09 12:20 am (UTC)
I totally think the strike is something Hollywood had coming years ago.

Although, possible fallout from something like this could potentially be a lot of line-crossing writers who will take the work at lesser pay. ie, writers with a lot less skill. ones that get their inspiration from Penthouse Letters. Or Uwe Bowl films.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-11-09 04:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, it could potentially be really nasty.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-11-09 04:03 am (UTC)
Exactly!!

Actors receive residuals. Writers should too.
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From: truelovechild
2007-11-09 01:00 am (UTC)
I totally get the writer's strike, and why they do it. Since I live in a right-to-work state I'm not usually affected by strikes and all, but this has a direct influence on my daily schedule. I have no idea what to do come 11 o'clock now, actually, since the Daily Show and the Colbert Report, being written daily, have been temporarily cancelled (and I've seen ALL the episodes recently, so the reruns are boring).

All I know is that Battlestar Galactica has 10 episodes on reserve. I'd be flipping out if that were going to be canceled.

I actually just had a conversation with a random guy sitting next to me at the coffee shop I'm sitting in about the writer's strike. This is a big deal..

Anyways, I'm really hoping the writers get what they deserve for their work. Just...very soon.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-11-09 04:04 am (UTC)
Me too. Realistically though, I don't think it's going to be happening in the next month or two. Hopefully within six.
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[User Picture]From: melsbels
2007-11-09 05:22 am (UTC)
Once the writers go SAG will be striking too. Its going to be rough in the entertainment biz for a while.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-11-09 06:03 am (UTC)
I don't know. I don't see SAG/AFTRA striking anytime soon, but I might be very wrong.
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[User Picture]From: jenniferline
2007-11-09 08:54 pm (UTC)
That link was wild!

I think this strike has the potential to really shake some things up (things that needed shaking). It's about time the studios started paying appropriate residuals to writers.

I don't watch much TV, but I'm going to feel the loss of my daily John Stewart. :(
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-11-09 09:08 pm (UTC)
Me too. :(

It'll be for the best over all.. I hope anyway.
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[User Picture]From: shane_mayhem
2007-11-12 04:52 am (UTC)
I went on strike, too, a year or so ago. I watch practically zilch TV now anyway. And certainly not f--in' reality shows. grr. Nonetheless, I think it's important that people be recognized for their art and their business, even when that is writing the majority of the mind-numbing, status-quo-enforcing crud on TV....
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-11-12 05:08 am (UTC)
*nod* Absolutely.

I hope everyone can come to a fair agreement.

Stagehands striked on Broadway yesterday too. More then half of Broadway is dark. It's a mess.
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