shallanelprin: (green tv)
Via Deadline Hollywood Daily. The writers go back to work tomorrow *does happy dance*
shallanelprin: (tv buff)
Well, it looks like Saturday's meeting went well and the deal with the AMPTP was tentatively approved. There's a vote by the WGA membership on Tuesday and if the deal is approved by that, the writers could be back to work by Wednesday. Source: United Hollywood and Deadline Hollywood Daily.

So, what's going on with the shows now that the strike is probably over? Here's the list over at TV Guide and Watch with Kristin.

Summary for my shows:
- Chuck: no new shows until fall (does this mean a season 2 or just a two part season 1?)
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Five pre-strike episodes remain. Future beyond that TBD.
- NCIS: Expected to shoot 5 to 7 new episodes, only three of which may air this season.
- Bones: Four pre-strike episodes left. Unclear whether additional episodes will be produced for this season.
- House: Expected to shoot 4 to 6 new episodes to air in April/May.
- Supernatural: Two pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 3 to 5 additional episodes to air in April/May.
- Moonlight: No new episodes expected until fall (Does this mean a second season? No clue.) Edit: According to Variety more episodes of Moonlight are expected to be produced this season which seems to bode well for a second season.
- Numb3rs: Expected to shoot 5 to 7 new episodes, only three of which may air this season.

We may also start hearing about series renewals or terminations in the very near future. I really hope that the shows listed above get picked up. *crosses fingers*
shallanelprin: (pencils down)
I keep seeing posts in my flist about how the strike is over. Newsflash—nope, not done. In fact, as of last evening the leaders at the WGA and the lawyers for the AMPTP couldn't agree on the language to present at the big WGA meeting today (posts on United Hollywood and Deadline Hollywood Daily). No language, no meeting. No meeting, no chance of the strike being over this weekend. While it could be done as early as Monday, there are no guarantees and listening to Michael freaking Eisner (who hasn't been relevant in Hollywood in a good long time) about whether or not the strike is finished is a bad idea. I'm cautiously optimistic but I was very optimistic during talks in December and look what happened then. It' ain't over 'til the fat lady sings and in this case the lady in question is the WGA leadership. Until they say it's over, it's not over.
shallanelprin: (I Spy Chuck)
Yay! Chuck and Life get full season pick-ups

I hope this also means good news from the writer's strike front. I can't imagine the network ordering more episodes if they thought that there wouldn't be writers working on those episodes in the near future.
shallanelprin: (static tv)
To: AMPTP

We, the undersigned, fully support the strike of the Writers Guild of America, and agree with the WGA's stated goals of obtaining just and fair compensation regarding revenues generated through "new media".

Please sign: http://www.petitiononline.com/WGA/petition.html
shallanelprin: (static tv)
Since internet/new media is the main sticking point in the negotiations, if you support the writers please sign this pledge to promise to not download, view from official sites or buy DVDs for the duration of the strike.

The DVD thing is going to hurt :( But it'll save me money :)

Sign my pledge at PledgeBank
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Fantastic little video explaining why the WGA is striking and what's at stake in the long run.

shallanelprin: (whedon fans)
There's a new LJ community all about the WGA strike: [livejournal.com profile] wga_supporters. Includes links to news articles, icons and various essays/opinions written about the strike. Go, join, etc.

Whedonesque members donated for and delivered pizza to the picket lines with this very cool sign. There's talk of doing this every Monday for the duration of the strike, check the site for details as they develop.

Several actors and producer-writers walked off or did not cross the picket lines resulting in several shows (The Office for one) shutting down and not filming scripts that are finished. Not sure if this will go for the duration of the strike or not.

If you live in the LA or New York areas and have the time, I'm sure the writers would appreciate you joining them on the picket lines or just stopping by to chat and show your support.
shallanelprin: (pencils down)
Today in Hollywood the WGA went on strike over various residual related issues, the main sticking point being revenue from Internet sales and advertising on Internet streaming. As a watcher of way too much TV, I support the writers in what they're trying to do here. As the studios continue to rake in more money from new media sources most of the people involved in creating the content receive little to no compensation for their efforts. This time, on this issue, the writers have taken up the cause. Let's be clear, this negotiation will set the standards on which everyone else in Hollywood will operate. If it wasn't the WGA, it would have been SAG or one of the other unions.

Main sticking points:
- Writers currently make $.04 per DVD sold of their work. The WGA is asking for an increase to $.08. Sounds reasonable to me.
- The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) wants to extend the DVD model to internet/new media sales and re-broadcasts. The writers want to apply the current re-broadcast (via traditional TV syndication, etc.) rate (2.5% of revenue) to new media. In short, AMPTP wants to give .3%, the writers want 2.5% and AMPTP won't budge one red nickel. According to this post on UnitedHollywood.com, the WGA is willing to go lower but won't move without a counter offer from the AMPTP.

In talks on Sunday the writers say they took the DVD point off the table entirely so the real sticking point is the new media residuals. If the WGA back off on that point it will effect everyone who works in Hollywood, every single person that works in TV and movies.

So, to the writers: Hold strong. I hope this is resolved to everyone's satisfaction soon.

ETA: Some link(s) pertaining to the issue
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