100 Days Later

All right everyone, it’s time to mark Tuesday, February 12, 2008, on your calendars. This day marks an extremely exciting day as it also marks the official end of the writers’ strike.

On November 5, 2007, the Writers Guild of America, West, and the Writers Guild of America, East went on strike. The strike lasted 100 painful days as television fans were forced to watch reruns instead of new episodes of their favourite TV shows.

The United Hollywood blog posted an article sent out by the WGA yesterday which stated that an overwhelming 92.5 per cent of the 3,775 writers voted in favour of ending the strike.

I bring up the issue of the strike because a central reason why the WGA went on strike is the direct result of advancements made with entertainment and the Internet.

In the posting, Patric M. Verrone, president of the WGAW, is quoted as saying:

This was not a strike we wanted, but one we had to conduct in order to win jurisdiction and establish appropriate residuals for writing in new media and on the Internet. Those advances now give us a foothold in the digital age. Rather than being shut out of the future of content creation and delivery, writers will lead the way as TV migrates to the Internet and platforms for new media are developed.

This quote illustrates the developments that the entertainment industry has made with the Internet. The WGA went on strike for 100 days because writers were not being sufficiently rewarded for writing specifically for new media.

Also posted on United Hollywood is a letter to WGA writers. I agree with a statement made in this letter:

Nonetheless, with the establishment of the WGA jurisdiction over new media and residual formulas based on distributor’s gross revenue (among other gains) we are confident that the results are a significant achievement not only for ourselves but the entire creative community, now and in the future.

I think this is a great achievement for Hollywood writers. In my opinion, it is only fair that they be compensated for their writing, even when it’s for the Internet.

To learn more about the deal between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), you can read a summary here.

What are your thoughts on the writers’ strike and the future of entertainment in the “digital age”?

February 15, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment