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shockwave77598
Nov. 5th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
No doubt the studios are going to go out into the wild and start looking for new writers and authors. The good is, new ideas and good writing MAY come about. The bad is, since the dicks in charge are responsible for forcing their writers to write drek, this isn't likely. They ARE going to look for other writers who aren't union - it's not like there aren't thousands of us out here. Shoot, with the net, we don't even have to reveal our names or step foot in a studio. I'm sure they'll find veins of talent that have been untapped for generations. What remains to be seen is if those unexperienced folks are willing to roll over for the execs and do whatever they say however they say it.

I don't see the WGA winning this, even though I'm 100% on their side. If the studio makes money 20 years from now on someone's story, that person should get a cut. Simple logic, really. But of course, that's not the way Greedywood operates, so I'm being naive. A Federal Law dictating what cut the studios have to make to their crews has to be is the solution. But of course, in the current "Market Forces Rule" of BushWorld (tm), you'd sooner find a skateboarding elephant than see such legislation. (And it's not like we don't have more urgent matters to worry about.)
kamau_d_lyon
Nov. 5th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
Not at all surprising. It really sums up the type of greed that exists not only in the entertainment industry but in many others. I'm certain that the skills of a good business manager or corporate head are worth a great deal but when you see salaries that roll into 6 and 7 figures along with all sorts of perks it just really seems way out of balance.

When I look at the figures stated in the argument included in his post it makes my blood boil. History may show that great artists and creative people don't get their proper recognition in their life times but I think it is long overdue for that to change. It also, to me, points out why so much of what we see on TV, and especially the animated shows, is crap. You've got second rate people doing the writing because the upper levels of the companies can still sell it and pocket all the profit without sharing it with the truly creative people.

I certainly hope the writers come out on top. I'd love to see some creative people getting a more equal share of what their work brings in. Heck maybe we'll even get some TV worth watching again.
c_eagle
Nov. 6th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
Thank ya fir the the link... yipe!
rhanlav
Nov. 6th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
Woah. That was a pretty interesting read. Oh well, this isn't going to be pretty any time soon. I'm ticked I won't get any new Colbert or Daily Show till this gets squared out.

--Salen
kinkyturtle
Nov. 6th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
I'm reminded once again of Winsor McCay's Curse, when McCay said to a group of animation executives:

"Gentlemen, you have taken an art form and turned it into a business. Bad luck to you."
radbaron
Nov. 6th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
Wow. Powerful stuff.

Guess what? Today on OPRAH (of all people), the show was about "Favorite YouTube Video Stars". I dont know if it was a repeat or not, but the timing is very peculiar.
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