IndieWriter2007 - a Bogus Scab Writer
20/11/07 11:42 | Permalink
As some of you may know, the Writer’s Guild of America, the union that represents television and film writers, is on strike. There have been many good explanations of why the writers are striking, and why they are in the right, including here and here.
In yesterday’s Daily Variety, a full-page ad appeared which purports to be a writer looking for work who is willing to cross the picket lines. The text-only ad, in courier font (the favored font for screenplays), read:
Need a good Writer?
“Talent For Hire”
Is this a sign that the writers are breaking ranks and crossing picket lines? I don’t buy it. More likely, this is a bogus ad placed by a studio, producer, or even the AMPTP itself. Why? Well, an ad like this costs at least $15,000, a fairly large sum for a writer desperate for work. But more significant, an ad like this would be pointless. Surely even a moderately intelligent would-be scab writer would know that all the ad would generate is a bunch of hate mail. And who would be stupid enough to create an electronic paper trail that could result in them getting barred from WGA membership in the future?
Looks to me like the studios and producers are getting desperate.
New Links - Laserdiscs, Laserdiscs, Laserdiscs!
30/10/07 21:51 | Permalink
I've added a couple new sites to the links page. The main one is an exhaustive site dedicated to the laserdisc format. An old friend referred to them derogatorily as "78s," but I still have a bunch of them. They look like DVDs except they're the size of an LP record. The video is almost as good as DVD, but the sound quality is actually better. The site, Laserdisc Forever, tells you everything you need to know about them. Check it out.
18/04/07 06:55 | Permalink
My heart goes out to the students of Virginia Tech, where the lives of a lot of very smart people were cut short.
08/04/07 17:42 | Permalink
Happy Easter, all. It is a beautiful day in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is where I happen to be at the moment. It's in the low 60s, no wind, with the sun breaking through the clouds. Come to think of it, why I am I sitting in front of a computer? Goodbye.
Happy New Year 2007
01/01/07 19:02 | Permalink
Here's wishing everyone who has taken the time to visit this site a safe, happy and prosperous 2007.
23/11/06 23:00 | Permalink
Turkey, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie. That's all I have to say.