November 21, 2007

Dem Candidates Pledge They Won’t Cross Picket Line

We are thrilled by the strong support we've received today from presidential candidates John Edwards, Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama. We are grateful to John Edwards for his decision that he and Elizabeth will not to appear on The View next week in support of our striking writers there. In addition, his, Hilary Clinton's and […]

November 21, 2007

Edwards to Honor Writers Guild Picket Lines

Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Today, Senator John Edwards released the following statement: "Elizabeth and I will honor the members of the Writers Guild of America who are on strike at ‘The View' by canceling our appearance on the show next week. I call on all of my fellow candidates and their campaigns to do […]

November 19, 2007

WGA Contract Talks to Resume

James Hibbard reports: The Writers Guild of America will resume contract negotiations with network and studio representatives on Nov. 26. After 12 days away from the table, both sides have agreed to restart talks under a media blackout. "Leaders from the [Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers] and the WGA have mutually agreed to […]

November 15, 2007

Their Fight is Our Fight

Leaders of major writers' guilds from around the world – representing more than 21,000 screenwriters internationally – pledge to take action in support of the WGA strike against multi-national media conglomerates. At the annual International Affiliation of Writers Guilds' meeting in Montreal, Canada, screenwriters announced an International Day of Solidarity on Wednesday, November 28, 2007. […]

November 13, 2007

Who Owns Big Media

Super-Concentrated The media landscape is dominated by massive corporations that, through a history of mergers and acquisitions, have concentrated too much control in too few hands. This leads to a lack of diversity of voices, programming that is out of touch with local concerns and increasingly commercial and homogenized news and entertainment. Further consolidation will […]

November 9, 2007

2 Studios Escalate Actions Against Striking Writers

Edward Wyatt reports for Friday's NYT: LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8 – At least two major television studios, 20th Century Fox and CBS Paramount, have sent breach-of-contract letters to the show runners on their current series who have stopped performing their production duties once they went on strike with other television writers. The move is an […]

November 5, 2007

Screenwriters Picket as Strike Begins

David Carr and Michael Cieply report: Hollywood writers moved to the picket lines this morning, as last-minute negotiations between the writers' unions and producers failed to avert a strike over payments from producers for so-called new media, among other issues. About 75 members of Writers Guild East set up a picket at Rockefeller Center, just […]

November 3, 2007

My thoughts on the Writers Guild and the AMPTP

This is the third time I've written something that ended up on The Huffington Post. The first time my subject matter concerned cooking chicken when I was twelve years old. My second topic was the important discussion of the merits of Pie vs. Cake. And now, I write about my Guild's (the Writers Guild of […]

November 3, 2007

How Much Will WGA Strike Hurt?

Ben Grossman and Marisa Guthrie cover the cost to already struggling networks of the WGA strike: As the Writers Guild of America prepared to go on strike at 12:01 a.m. Monday, two critical issues emerged: How long can the networks hold out? And how much of the damage be irreparable? The writers voted to walk […]

November 2, 2007

East Coast Writers Take Their Case to the Streets

Andrew Tangel and Jacque Steinberg report on the WGAE's informational picket outside Rockefeller Center on Friday morning: Members of the Writers Guild of America East took their contract dispute to the public this morning, gathering at Rockefeller Plaza to hand out fliers with their reasons for going on strike against entertainment producers. Organizers estimated more […]