Sunday, February 17, 2008

Writers Put Down The Strike Signs And Pick Up The Pencil

Hello fellow writers, I'm Freddy Yaniz, Robert's brother. After months of constant nagging and persistance, I have finally decided to post a message on The Crooked Table. In doing so, I've decided to write about the lastest piece of news in writing history: The Writer's Strike. I'm sure you've all heard about it, since it's such a big deal. The consequences to the Writer's Strike were disastrous. Television shows and movies were stopped in their tracks and were not progressing until the writers got what they deserved. Some people may ask how the writer's strike started. Well, for you people who have been stuck in a hole somewhere, I'll tell you.
The writer's strike started when the Writers Guild of America woke up one morning and decided that they weren't being treated the way they should be. In result of this sudden thought, more than 12,ooo television and movie writers, who are in legal contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, had been forced to go out on strike on November 5, 2007.

After about three months of strike and holding up signs, the writers finally got the money they deserved from the studios. The sooner the strike ended, the better for everyone because the last strike ended up being five months. Not only were television and movie viewers disappointed, but it cost the entertainment industry an estimated 500 million dollars. If it was less than three months, viewers would have had the Golden Globes with actors presenting awards, writers would have gotten their money sooner, and the studios wouldn't have had to look like such cheap bastards.

So, what will be the after-effects of the writer's strike? Well, some television shows are either ending shorter this year, not airing at all until next year, or even being considered for cancellation. So, as I said, everything would've been better if the strike ended sooner. Better late than never (or much later), so I'm going to enjoy the fact that they're writing at all. Thank you television and movie writers for picking up your pencils; it's been hell without you.

June 30: SAG-AFTRA contract expires
July 31: DGA contract expires

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  1. Thanks for posting, buddy! :) Hope it's the first of many...

  2. Yay!

    The Yaniz brothers are just full of literary enlightenments! us writers what we're worth...and we wouldn't have to go on strike.

    (Not that I write for Hollywood or anything...not YET...)


    Good post, Freddy!