I would like to introduce for the next two posts, a guest author, Laura Janvrin. Why are the writers striking? How will it affect MY TV viewing? She’ll let you know. If you have any comments, or questions, I will make sure Laura gets them.
Thanks for taking the time, Laura!!!
The writers strike struck fear in the hearts of TV viewers everywhere. What chaos will Dr. House reek? Will Michael be able to escape on Prison Break? What about Jack Bauer’s 7th day of terrorist havoc on 24?
Will America have to wait for its next idol?
Why are the writers doing this to us, their adoring public?
For those of you who want to 411 on the strike and what this means for your favorite shows, here’s a quick rundown:
Two unions are striking: Writers Guild of America, East (WGAe) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAw). These unions represent the writers of film, television, radio, and new media.
On the other side of the negotiating table is the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). They represent America’s film and TV industries.
There are two major issues.
1. Home Video Market
In 1985, the WGA negotiated for a percentage of the money made from VHS sales. It was less than .5%. This deal was never changed when DVDs became the mainstream, even though DVDs are cheaper to make.
2. New Media
In the digital age, the entertainment industry has exploded on the Internet, offering full downloads from sites such as iTunes and Amazon.com and video streaming, programs that you can view on your computer or phone but aren’t saved. Though the entertainment industry makes money in this market, writers are excluded from this completely.
Now the thing we all want to know: what will this do to our shows?
Stay tuned for the next post: TV Without Writers: How Long Will My Shows Live?
Posted under Current Affairs, Film, Television
This post was written by jjanvrin on November 12, 2007