Strike

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Good luck WGA.

(LA Times photo)

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8 thoughts on “Strike

  1. As much as I support the WGA, I’m disappointed to realize this means that the Daily Show and the Colbert Report will be functionally gutted of any new content for the duration.

    There was also an interesting article in the NYT regarding how the writer’s strike will affect late night TV, thus affecting the upcoming PR push for the big awards contenders. Really interesting angle:

    “Matters as far afield as Oscar promotions will be touched. “It definitely affects campaigns,” said Amanda Lundberg, a partner with the New York-based publicity firm 42 West, noting that film publicists rely on the likes of Jay Leno and David Letterman to promote their wares.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/03/business/media/03strike.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&ref=media

    Bizarre how the fallout from this could affect films already headed to theaters.

  2. Come to think of it, Charlie Rose and Oprah’s schedules probably just got front-loaded with every celebrity starring in a contender this season.

  3. I think it’s safe to say no one really knows all the ins and outs of how this thing is going to play out.

    TV I could give fuckall, though I feel bad for the writers who are out of jobs.

    Movies I continue to believe there will continue to be plenty of good things to see but that Hollywood mainstream product is going to take a hit if this thing lasts any length of time.

  4. Hah! American Idol could actually get even bigger ratings if this strike lasts into next year: lack of competition.

    “Because it is a so-called reality show and does not employ union writers, “American Idol” is expected to begin production as scheduled in January. If a writers strike extends into the new year, “Idol” could capture even bigger ratings.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/06/business/media/06fallout.html?ex=1352005200&en=827ff22f563c435c&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

    There is no Santa Claus, Virgina. At least not in a world where American Idol can capitalize off this.

    A shout-out to the NYT for so much coverage of the strike since the weekend. I guess there’s a lot of productions in NY affected, hence it’s of interest to their readers.

  5. One foreshadowing of this strike may have been the formation a few months ago of a writers’ co-op. A few cream of the crop types (mostly male, although Callie Khouri was among them) formed the co-op, it would appear, as a way of striking their own deals. One would imagine they saw the strike coming.

  6. The LA Times coverage finally picked up too once the strike finally happened. Leading up to it, it didn’t seem like it was being talked about much.

    Don’t even get me started on American Idol.

    Pierre, did you get the sense this co-op is a way of circumventing the WGA or is it meant to strengthen it?

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