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Writers Strike Opinion

State of the Union

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Dean Bottrell

If the new SAG leadership doesn't rapidly start taking all the painful, but necessary steps to merge with AFTRA, we are fucked.

The WGA Strike For Dummies: It Ain't Over 'til It's Over

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

It's intriguing how the writers' strike rumor mill builds everybody up and then shoots him or her down.

How the WGA Won: A Behind the Scenes Look at the WGA Strike

Roger Wolfson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Roger Wolfson

The groundwork for the writers' strike started with something the town rarely notices: a routine, biannual WGA election.

The Stakes Are Far Larger Than Most Will Admit

Roger Wolfson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Roger Wolfson

By forcing Writers and Actors to accept a fraction of their rightful share of DVD sales twenty-odd years ago, the Companies saved over $10B. They stand to save that amount many times over.

Exclusive: The AMPTP YouTube Video the Writers Don't Want You to See

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jonathan Handel

The AMPTP has created no YouTube videos of its own, opting instead for the old-media alternative of occasional paid advertising in the papers and trades.

Huckabee Clueless About Crossing Picket Line To Appear On Leno

AP | LIBBY QUAID | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republican Mike Huckabee, a presidential candidate sounding a populist theme in Iowa, likely will be forced to cross a writers' picket line if he app...

Happy Birthday, Jon Stewart! See You Toni— Oops, Never Mind

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over at the Daily Nightly, BriWi takes a break from the news to post a mini-paean to Jon Stewart on this, his 45th birthday — which, alas, will ...

Writers' Strike Videos: No Longer A Novelty, But Still Funny

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

We wrote yesterday noting, inter alia, that while new strike videos are still fun, after three weeks they're no longer quite as much of a novelty, and...

The Writers' Strike: The Rap Video

YouTube | dazue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Every strike needs a hip hop anthem. Written and performed by: Writer Boi Directed and Edited by: David Schlussel Shot by: Robert W. Swanson ...

Solidarity! Tina Fey, Tim Robbins, Kristin Davis, John Edwards, And The Creepy Guy From "Lost" Rally For Striking Writers

Huffington Post | Patrick Waldo and Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Actors, writers, and politicians gathered in Washington Square Park to rally in support of the WGA strike -- and HuffPo's Patrick Waldo was there to capture it on video.

As Strike Heads Into Week 3, Fall '08 TV Sched In Jeopardy

New York Post | Holly Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Hollywood writers' strike, which is bringing a premature end to the current TV season, now threatens to delay development of next fall's schedule...

Staffers Vote To Strike At CBS News

AP | Jeremy Herron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

CBS News writers authorized their union leaders to call a national strike, the Writers Guild of America said Monday, escalating a labor impasse. Abou...

Strike Has Media Buyers Looking Beyond The Tube

Ad Age | Brian Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The writers strike has media buyers growing cautious about the efficacy of TV advertising in the weeks ahead and in the first quarter of 2008 -- and m...

Gotta Write! Daily Show Writers Just Can't Help Themselves, Smack Down Studios From The Picket Line

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Have you missed your Daily Show fix? Well then enjoy this, the latest creative effort by the striking TDS writers as they clearly can no longer keep t...

Colbert Writers Post Latest YouTube Strike Vid

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It's been noted on this site and on others that the writers' strike is at least producing some great material, as writers left with no creative outlet...

Giuliani: I'll Mediate The Writers' Strike

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The New York Sun's Josh Gerstein reports on Rudy Giuliani's trip to Southern California Tuesday when he was bombarded by media asking him his views on...

Letterman To Pay Staff Himself Through End Of Year

Deadline Hollywood Daily | Nikki Finke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I've just learned that David Letterman and his producers yesterday morning announced to his Late Show staff that they will be paid through the end of ...

Dreamy McStrikey! Unexpected By-Product of the Writers' Strike: Great Material

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Don't the studios wish they could monetize this! One week into the writers' strike and already there are hundreds of thousands of views of strike-related material online.

Who Is John Galt? Writers Strike The Nerve That Counts: Public Opinion

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

There's something innocent and pure, too, about the writers here: Sure, they're striking for money, but that's not why they write -- that they do for love.