“Why We Strike” Video

I’ve been a little surprised at the degree to which I’m becoming invested in the Writers Guild of America strike.  Perhaps it’s simply a case of the perfect blend of my solidarity with labor and my interest in the entertainment industry, but I think this “Why We Strike” video, which I originally found on Anne Thompson’s blog, very clearly illustrates the stakes of the strike.  But you can find this video and many others on the Hollywood United YouTube page, including my personal favorite, “The Office is Closed,” which features, you know, writers and actors from The Office.  Note: the Hollywod United blog remains the go-to source for information about the strike.

Some other interesting strike-related links:

  • Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ronald D. Moore’s discussion of the conflict with Universal over compensation for The Resistance, a series of webisodes that ran between seasons two and three.  Moore correctly disputes the studios’ position that internet distribution is “too new” for there to be a clearly defined method for compensating writers and also disputes the claim that web material should be defined as “promotional” rather than part of the series itself, a topic I address in passing in my “future of science fiction television” article I mentioned somewhat elliptically last winter.
  • The Huffington Post has also been covering the WGA strike in some detail.
  • On a related note, The Washington Post is already asking whether the strike will redirect people’s attention away from television to other media, such as web video.  Given that a number of web video sites are owned by the same media conglomerates that own TV networks, such questions make little sense.  It’s also important to note, as this Freakonomics blog post points out, that media attention isn’t a zero-sum game.  TV can drive people to the web–witness Stephen Colbert’s relentless promotion of Colbert Nation–and the web can drive people back to TV (as it did, for me, with CBS’s SF series, Jericho).
  • The strike is already sending some networks scrambling, as Fox has decided to pull 24 from its winter schedule in order to ensure that season seven (or day 7) airs uninterrupted.

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