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IATSE sets Monday as their strike date
October 13th, 2021 under WGA Strike. [ Comments: none ]

IATSE told the studios and streaming services that they have until Monday to come up with an agreement, or they will go on strike. If they go on strike, Hollywood will shut down. That is because without camerapeople, sound people, props, and so on, actors cannot do their jobs.

Since the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has stood with the actors, the writers, and the directors during their strikes, they are planning on supporting them if it happens. Therefore, Hollywood shuts down.

That means we will feel it immediately because there will be no live talk shows, no Dancing with the Stars, and no live theater that day. As time goes, and if the strike goes on, we will see delays in television shows and movies.

So what do the 60,000 union workers want? They want things such as reasonable rest periods, meal breaks, and a living wage for those on the bottom of the wage scale. That is not too much to ask for. Is it?

Since things are moving slowly with the negotiations and over 98% of the members voting for a strike if need be, President Matthew Loeb declared, “Without an end date, we could keep talking forever. Our members deserve to have their basic needs addressed now.”

Let’s pray they get the contract signed over the weekend. After the work stoppage due to COVID, we cannot afford another shutdown.


The WGA Strike is finally over!!!
February 12th, 2008 under WGA Strike. [ Comments: none ]

The WGA announced that the 100 day old strike is officially over. Now get back to work ASAP because I need my TV shows now!!! 

The writers cancel the Golden Globes Awards show
January 7th, 2008 under WGA Strike. [ Comments: none ]

The writers win and the fans lose as the WGA forced the cancellation of the Golden Globe Awards show according to MediaWeek.
NBC reportedly made a last-ditch effort to salvage at least part of the Golden Globes broadcast, whereby actors could walk down a red carpet of sorts, and then be spirited off to the all-important after parties. NBC had hoped to telecast the red carpet affair, and then announce winners of the awards at a press conference, capturing winners' reactions at the parties. 
So the writers claim a victory by canceling the awards show and that they are sticking it to the man. But let's look at this way, the studios still get the awards. So a year from now does it make a difference who accepted the award or the that fact that they won? I go with the latter. Plus they save them all the money it would cost to rent limos, buy dresses, hire babysitters, fly people and so on. So another benefit for the studios. I could be wrong though.
So who really loses? The fans. People who don't understand this strike are not only losing their shows, now that are losing their awards shows. That is why it is telecast, not for the studios but for the fans.
I hate awards shows and even I am bummed that this one and possibly the Oscars too will be scrapped.
As Jimmy Kimmel said (referring to the way the writers were picketing Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien's shows) "sometimes you need to back off!"
To the writers please think of the fans when it comes to the Oscars! Don't cancel them too.
I really hope that both sides get together and start talking and come up with a deal that works for both ASAP! 
Oh well I am off to watch Dance War which will now have more viewers since there is no new Heroes or 24 because of the WGA strike.  
UPDATE: Here is a statement from the HFPA:

“We are all very disappointed that our traditional awards ceremony will not take place this year and that millions of viewers worldwide will be deprived of seeing many of their favorite stars celebrating 2007’s outstanding achievements in motion pictures and television,” said Jorge Camara, President of The Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  “We take some comfort, however, in knowing that this year’s Golden Globe Award recipients will be announced on the date originally scheduled.”

Variety is also reporting that the parties are being cancelled, so people that relied on the money that they would have made that night are SOL. Fashion designers, makeup artists, jewelers, limo drivers, waitresses, bartenders and so on are also losing out financially. 

Kimmel to do Leno and Leno to do Kimmel on Thursday
January 5th, 2008 under Jimmy Kimmel, Talk Shows, WGA Strike. [ Comments: none ]

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Jimmy Kimmel will be a guest on Jay Leno's show and then Jay Leno will be a guest on Jimmy Kimmel's show according to the NY Times!

In the course of meetings with the writers’ guild over what the hosts would be permitted to do and telephone discussions between the shows about mutual interests, Mr. Leno and Mr. Kimmel established a relationship, the late-night representatives said. Mr. Kimmel even offered some words of support for Mr. Leno on Wednesday during his first show back.

Mr. Leno, who has been the leading star in late-night television for well over a decade, extended an invitation to Mr. Kimmel, who then reciprocated, the representatives said.

Neither have been on the others show before Thursday, so it will be interesting to see these two interviewing the other one. Plus you know me anything that gives Kimmel more publicity is a good thing in my book!!!
Hopefully the New York hosts will do the same for each other because the WGA is trageting Conan O"Brien, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on Monday when the latter two join Conan and go back on the air for the first time since the strike started.

Amen to Jimmy Kimmel!!!
January 3rd, 2008 under Jimmy Kimmel, Talk Shows, WGA Strike. [ Comments: none ]

via Jimmy Kimmel Live!!!
Jimmy Kimmel has said what I have been saying about the WGA strike and the late night talk show hosts. I guess that is why I like him so much, great minds think alike!!! What was not seen in that monologue is that he has segments on his show that showed past clips which he called so the unemployed writers can get residuals. Way to go Jimmy!!!!
Here are the other monologues in no particular order…

Personally I think that Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien who did not have their writers did a funnier monologue than David Letterman and Craig Ferguson who did have their writers. I have to admit that was the first time I laughed at one Leno’s monologue in a really long time and the first time I actually saw one of Conan’s. I also have to admit I got a few chuckles with Craig’s but not many with David Letterman.


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