I am finally going to weigh in on the Writer's Strike. To be brutally honest, I think it's horrible. I blame The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. They are taking greedy to a new level. I applaud the writers for standing their ground. In case you're not aware of the issues at hand, the writers are fighting for what is rightly theirs. They want residuals on their show/movies when they are played on cable, reruns, syndication, released on DVD or downloaded from the internet. Somehow the AMPTP believes that the writers are not entitle to this money. That last writers strike was in 1998 and lasted 21 weeks and 6 days. It cost the entertainment industry 500 million dollars. The current strike is in it's 9th week and the first big casualty of the strike is the canceled Golden Globe Awards. The LA Tourism is set to lose about 80 million dollars. Its tough to calculate what this will cost the entertainment industry because there's no way to predict how much MORE money some relatively unknown movies and tv shows would generate from their exposure on the award show. They're saying that the Oscars will go on as planned, but I don't see how it can be done without writers.
Here are few things you may not have considered in this strike and another reason the AMPTP really angers me. This strike goes beyond the money it costs the entertainment industry and the canceled Golden Globes. This strike even goes beyond me not having new episodes of "The Office" to watch. And believe it or not, this goes beyond all the first time Golden Globe nominees not being able to have their day in the spotlight. This strike is ruining lives and putting people out of business.
Think of all the caters, designers, cosmeticians, make up artists, set builders, cameramen, grips, payroll companies, extras, costumers, etc. who have been out of a job for 9 weeks and 5 days. The people who work behind the scenes of a tv show or movie don't make a lot of money. And a lot of money is even less when you live in a city like Los Angeles. When a TV show ends it's run, a lot of people lose jobs, but there's always a different TV show or movie to work on. When the entire industry shuts down it puts thousands of people out of work all at once. It destroys lives and forces people into financial ruin. The fact that the ATPMP seems to have very little regard for these people disgusts me. If they do truly care about them, they're doing nothing to help them out or protect them. I'm sure it pains the writers to have to watch this, but they're powerless over the situation.
I hope the strike ends soon and the writers get their residuals. I also hope it ends soon, so some of the lesser known people behind the scenes can get their jobs back and get their lives back on track.