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The strike IS happening. :(
Topic Started: Nov 1 2007, 11:10 PM (3,103 Views)
IMissAremid
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After all... tomorrow is another day!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21570821/

Writers say they will go on strike
No progress in talks with producers
BREAKING NEWS
The Associated Press
updated 11:12 p.m. CT, Thurs., Nov. 1, 2007

LOS ANGELES - Television and movie screen writers said Thursday they would go on strike for the first time in nearly 20 years in a dispute over royalties.

Four writers told The Associated Press that Writers Guild of America President Patric Verrone made the announcement in a closed-door session, drawing loud cheers from the crowd.

“There was a unified feeling in the room. I don’t think anyone wants the strike, but people are behind the negotiation committee,” writer Dave Garrett said.

Garrett and the other writers said the guild planned to tell writers Friday afternoon when the strike would begin.

Nick Counter, president of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, said in a statement the alliance was not surprised by the action.

“We are ready to meet and are prepared to close this contract this weekend,” he said.

Officials had called a meeting of the union’s 12,000 members for Thursday night.

Guild members recently authorized their negotiators to call the first strike since 1988, if necessary.

Their contract expired at midnight Wednesday after talks ended abruptly, with both sides saying they were still far apart on the key issue of raising payment from the sale of DVDs and extending payment to the distribution of TV shows and film over the Internet.

While both sides have withdrawn other proposals since talks began in July, neither has budged on what the Writers Guild of America termed “the hated DVD formula,” which pays writers pennies on the sale of home video.

Writers had sought to boost that payment. They wanted the richer formula applied equally to the sale of digital downloads. They were also seeking a piece of advertising dollars generated when TV shows and films are streamed for free over the Internet.

Writers also want to be paid for creating original content for the Internet, cell phones or other digital devices.

Producers maintain that profits from DVDs largely offset the increased cost of production. They also don’t want to commit themselves to higher payment for digital distribution at a time when business models are still uncertain.

“The magnitude of that proposal alone is blocking us from making any further progress,” J. Nicholas Counter, president of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, told writers Wednesday.

“We cannot move further as long as that issue remains on the table. In short, the DVD issue is a complete roadblock to any further progress.”

The issue is key to the industry because actors also are expected to fight for a larger share of DVD and digital revenue when their contract expires in June.
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NavJLee8785
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Always the Panic Spreader

oh christ!
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this is not good, folks
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Mateo
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:o This is nuts!!!!!!
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Steve Frame
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Let's hope it is as short as the GM strike.
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jcar03
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Not suprised. There seemed to be so little media attention on this until a few days ago. Hopefully the shows have stock piled scripts and hopefully it won't last long. It basically sounds like if it goes to long the networks will not be showing soaps and airing news or sports or something in its place. If one of them was smart they wouldn't follow and figure out someway to keep their shows on at least a few days a week and grab viewers (like me) who need their soap fix.
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Mason
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I just have one word.


FUCK.


:(
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IMissAremid
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After all... tomorrow is another day!

I posted the updated version that says writers will go in to work Friday to find out when the strike will start.
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bellcurve
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OMG! The soaps are so fucked!

DAYS is only two weeks ahead of airdate. Even IF there's a short strike, it could still pre-empt the show for awhile.

Hopefully, B&B is so far ahead of schedule that they've got stuff through the New Year, but even then, if they aren't airing the entire CBS lineup, they probably won't air any of what Brad may already have pre-taped.
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worldturner7


this is no good for soaps in general

..i am afraid this is going to be the final nail in the coffin for some soaps that are on life-support right now: GL and DAYS (AMC is a possible victim in the long run)
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OneBadKitty
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Both Hogan Sheffer and Dena Higley are members.
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GatsbyGirl
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Son of a bitch! :(
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Kenny
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Honestly, with Dena Higley re-hired at Days, a small part of me is thrilled about this, LoL!
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Q Steph
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Does anyone know if they'll hire struggling authors?!! I'll be a scabbie.
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SoapKing
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Ay dios mio.....this is no good man.
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Sindacco
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What exactly does this mean? Will Days not air?
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Kenny
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Sindacco
Nov 2 2007, 08:51 AM
What exactly does this mean? Will Days not air?

If the strike lasts long enough, it's likely that Days will just be pre-empted for sports programming or reruns of "Access Hollywood" and the like, LoL.

Of course, that will KILL the show. Serialized programs rely 100% on their daily airings, to keep viewers in the habit of watching. Once the shows go through a long stretch of not airing, the habit is broken for many viewers and they simply don't resume watching when the show times back.

This is why the OJ Simpson trial in the 90's is blamed for alot of the ratings erosion today. His trial forced network pre-emptions on a regular basis and many soaps lost viewers in droves. That's why JER wrote the "Possession" storyline, as a way to grab people's attenton and get the ratings to stay up through the OJ trial.
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Regardless of how far advance a show is taping (ATWT is over a month ahead now), the scripts are written months in advance. At least the outlines. I would think scabs, producers or someone could use those outlines and write the dialogue for a while. It worked in 1988.
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Kenny
Nov 2 2007, 09:08 AM
Sindacco
Nov 2 2007, 08:51 AM
What exactly does this mean? Will Days not air?

If the strike lasts long enough, it's likely that Days will just be pre-empted for sports programming or reruns of "Access Hollywood" and the like, LoL.


NBC will probably just expand the Today Show to an all day thing. With winter approaching, there are no sporting events. Even golf season is over. The problem isn't so much the scripts, it's also the actors who are being "encouraged" not to cross picket lines by their union. Then there are the supporting unions that won't cross like Teamsters. This is something that is far reaching.
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Q Steph
Nov 2 2007, 07:20 AM
Does anyone know if they'll hire struggling authors?!! I'll be a scabbie.

Trust me...that's something that, unless talks are stalled for more than a year and are going nowhere, is something you don't want to do.

Because once everything is back to normal, there's no way in hell a studio will hire you.

It's tempting, but I can't imagine crossing a picket line.
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Sephora
Nov 2 2007, 09:42 AM
Kenny
Nov 2 2007, 09:08 AM
Sindacco
Nov 2 2007, 08:51 AM
What exactly does this mean? Will Days not air?

If the strike lasts long enough, it's likely that Days will just be pre-empted for sports programming or reruns of "Access Hollywood" and the like, LoL.


NBC will probably just expand the Today Show to an all day thing. With winter approaching, there are no sporting events. Even golf season is over. The problem isn't so much the scripts, it's also the actors who are being "encouraged" not to cross picket lines by their union. Then there are the supporting unions that won't cross like Teamsters. This is something that is far reaching.

NBC wouldn't have to expand the Today show to be on all day because you still have talk shows like Dr. Phil, Ellen, and Rachel Ray that will still go on because they don't have writers. NBC only has to worry about Days. All the other hours belong to the affiliates and syndicated programing like talk shows, game shows, and entertainment news shows that don't have writers affiliated with the WGA.
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