The writers' work stoppage has been our shot across the bow. And it was magnificently played. There's no doubt our producing partners know we mean business and now take us seriously.
The Writers Guild held a closed-door meeting Friday with strike captains to brief them on the tentative deal. Here's what a source inside the room told me.
You've probably heard that the strike is over. It isn't. No, really, it isn't. The truth is, no one speaking publicly knows what the deal actually is.
Carson Daly's name still can bring a twitch to many a Writers Guild member. But he had the bad fortune to be first.
With a writers deal apparently in the offing, now's a time to pause and ask about favored nations.
It's intriguing how the writers' strike rumor mill builds everybody up and then shoots him or her down.
Are we, the industry major creative players, forever to play Charlie Brown to the AMPTP's arrogant and menacing Lucy Van Pelt?
Al Sharpton was in a rage. He began to scream at us on the picket line, and I mean really scream, apparently furious that we had put a moral decision between him and Barbara Walters.
The AMPTP corporations have only themselves to blame. They opened the hidden door, turned on the overhead light, and let writers inside to read the magic book.
If you listen really hard, you can make out the glorious sound of thawing ice. On the other hand, that could also just be the moguls rubbing their hands together.
"The movie industry is one of the most unionized industries left. I feel a lot of what this strike is about is corporations looking at their entertainment division and saying, 'Can't we turn this into Wal-Mart?'"
Once we accept a deal similar to the DGA's, it will be almost impossible to significantly improve it once we realize how much money the Internet networks are making and how little in comparison we are.
With the Writer's Strike marching on, I'm revisiting one of my favorite pictures about a Hollywood screenwriter -- Nicholas Ray's masterpiece, In a ...
Maybe we should tell the producers, look, you build the stadium, sell the tickets, form the league, make the rules and then we'll come in with our bats and gloves and get hits. Because that's the way it works.
No one ever held a gun to NBC's head forcing them to make drama or comedy pilots. If there were such a gun, it would've been employed during the strike. They made pilots because it was in their financial interest to make pilots.