If content originates with a host, a video editor, a cameraman or the wife of a cameraman, handwritten or hand-signaled for use on the show, it's literary material and should be covered under WGA guidelines.
"Leo Tolstoy," head of the newly formed Union of Literary Fiction Writers, announced today that his membership of 35 would go on strike, "Till somebody somewhere pays us something."
I dreaded the WGA strike for several reasons: The strike would make it clear that our newsfeeds could go out without writers. It was just a question of time before our jobs were phased out.
A friend asked an interesting question: Will Lionsgate make an interim deal with the WGA, a la David Letterman's Worldwide Pants? The Letterman deal...
Besides my initial shock that anyone would attempt to mess with Weeds, my subsequent thoughts turned to how exactly CBS plans on turning a serial-killer vigilante or a pot-dealing soccer mom into PG fodder.
The AMPTP corporations chose to offer writers zero for original Internet content, zero for streaming and zero for downloading, which left the Writers Guild no option but to reject the contract.
Do we really want a president who can't even figure out which TV host signed a deal with the WGA?
According to their own moronic ticker, on their own fatuous website, the AMPTP has calculated that the WGA is asking for a raise of 5%. Over three years. That's less than inflation.
Has Donald Trump been disingenuous about his SAG membership?
The distinction between television and the internet is already being erased, the once-clear lines being blurred or obliterated.
Do yourself a favor. Save your PR money. Save all of it. Instead, get back to the negotiating table.
I believe there is only one fundamental consideration regarding this strike: the studios and the networks love it. They absolutely love it.
Every late night host is a WGA member. That automatically means, with the strike, they can't even write for their own show.
Although this will be tough for Leno, Conan, and other fine late-night Guild writers, the wedge that it drives between networks is deeper, sharper than the wedge it drives between writers.
The producers are logically using the cosmic ineptitude of the WGA leadership to reassemble their business model. Innocent WGA members are being undeniably ill-served by their amateur, careerist negotiators.
Whether Mr. Baldwin is playing the dupe, buying into the AMPTP corporations' character assassinations, is not for me to say. Perhaps he is simply misguided. But he clearly doesn't have a clue how the negotiations are handled.