Tuesday, December 11, 2007

THE BIG PICTURE: In the strike, the studios are playing to win

Los Angeles Times, 12.11.07
By Patrick Goldstein

While attention is focused on the writers strike, a bigger confrontation with the actors guild looms down the road.

DESPITE what they say about global warming, it's going to be a long, cold winter for the writers of Hollywood. The studios pretty much made it official Friday, when they walked away from the negotiating table after giving the Writers Guild an abrupt "put up or shut up" ultimatum. Considering that the studios were asking the writers to give up much of their core Internet residuals proposal, there was little left to negotiate.

The studios' message was obvious: They're going to play hardball. Believing they have comparatively little to lose by letting the strike drag on, the studios will try to weaken the guild by letting writers spend Christmas out of work while studio operatives sow seeds of discord among the membership, hoping to persuade some high-profile writers to cross the line and go back to work. Full article.

Thanks Linda



Blogger Regina Caschetto said...

Dear studio big shots, I would rather not watch tons of reality shows but brand new, well written stories with excellent characters portrayed by top actors-
How long do you think the public will stand for nothing but new, reality game show dribble with so-called superstars-

8:29 PM  
Blogger Lozzie Cap said...

If, as it says, there is a second strike looming - the actors - then the Studios will be even more loathe to capitulate against the WGA.

If they did, it would be seen as a sign of weakness, and the Actor's Guild might try for the jugular.

Regi - what you said reminded me of a line in "Untethered", where Donny says that the real nutters are people who watch reality TV (and Bobby agreed with him!) ... do you think the episode's writer was making a point??

9:33 AM  

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