11/09/2007

Fox Rally: 2121 Ave. of the Stars, 10am

Because I bumped it pretty far down the page, I'm linking to the Fox rally info up here.

Acoustic. Mini. Set.

30 comments:

Marie3laine said...

Not entirely related, but though you should know: petition has now been signed by more than 10,000 fans!!!

cara said...

i'm glad you're on strike. my dad needs a break from tivo.

Daniel S. said...

I'll be there in spirit.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a writer, hell I'm not even in the business. I just wanted you all to know that the majority of viewers are behind you. We want our shows, but you all deserve to be rightly compensated for your work. Keep it up, hopefully the studios will realize what a value you all are and cave in.

Claire said...

Hey, so:

1) I got cher back. I do. I posted, I signed, I might even letter write.

2) Any chance that at the end of this very well-publicized and (knock on wood) peaceful strike, which has had mind-bogglingly good public support, you're going to bust out with at least a symbolic "and by the way, you should also care about the unions for the people that grow your food, sew your clothes, and mop your floors"? I'm just asking, on accounts of I'm from a right-to-work state, and this is the most I've heard my locals talk about unions in _years_.

Jeffool said...

Just so you know, you can edit the timestamp on a post (date it, say, a year in the future,) and it should stay at the top. New posts should be listed underneath it. Generally called a 'sticky', you can also note that fresh posts are below.

Y'know, just so the most important sentence or two is always on top, and all.

Regardless, us viewers are with you guys. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Is the point of getting Morello to draw more media attention? I like Rage and Audioslave just as much as anyone, but why keep hammering on that part of the day?

Why is rally over so early when the WGAE is picketing Fox News Corp until 5pm?

Anonymous said...

I work in the business, and quite frankly I think you all should put down your wooden sticks and go back to work.

It's no one else's fault but your own that your technology deficient, and didn't see this coming. It was pretty obvious. In the end the internet will screw Hollywood over completely.

Im on a job and I will be headed into fox today, I am going to work, I will cross your line.

Casey said...

Hi,

I am a lawyer who wants to be a full time writer and I appreciate what you are doing. So, I went and bought 40 pocket warmers for the strikers in NYC and handed them out at the News Corp. building this morning.

One of the strikers asked me where I got them. I bought them at Rite Aid in Hoboken where the docks are. Walgreen might have them as well. Once again, thank you strikers.

Very Best Regards,
Casey Jason Jr.

Your Kid at NYU said...

Casey;

I'm one of the writers to whom you handed a pocket warmer. It made that day bearable, since it stayed at a cool 38 degrees for most of the time I spent marching. That pocket warmer got passed around the group of five or so I walked with, since most of us were idiots and, despite having been on the picket lines all week, still hadn't figured out that gloves were a good idea.

So, thank you for that.

On a semi-related note: this is a great blog for keeping up with the WGAW action. I haven't been able to find anything nearly as comprehensible for reports on the WGAE. Does someone have a link? Could you guys post a note that we need someone to cover the East Coast action?

Thank you so much for the fantastic job you're doing.

Your Kid at NYU said...

Ha, I'm an idiot. I read Casey's post too quickly and thought it said he'd handed them out at Time Warner.

Regardless: thank you, Casey.

Someone handed me a hand-warmer yesterday at Columbus Circle, so the above post still stands. Thank you, to whoever that was.

Juliana said...

Yes, echoing Claire above, I think it would be really great for the writers to express solidarity for workers in other industries, especially if the strike is successful, giving how much publicity and public support this strike has gotten. Most other workers are less visible, and more easily replaceable -- while I entirely support this strike, I do think there's some truth in the statement that screenwriters have it better than most workers, if not in their overall pay and conditions than at least in their ability to negotiate. But the argument is made redundant by the fact that screenwriters taking industrial action to achieve a fairer pay system doesn't prevent or detract from other workers' struggles, and I think it's important to make that clear.

Anonymous said...

I work in the business, and quite frankly I think you all should put down your wooden sticks and go back to work.

It's no one else's fault but your own that your technology deficient, and didn't see this coming. It was pretty obvious. In the end the internet will screw Hollywood over completely.

Im on a job and I will be headed into fox today, I am going to work, I will cross your line.

That Girl said...

150% support! Can't wait to see the turnout at FOX today. Send in pictures & videos!

Roger Green said...

More or less on topic: an advertisement for Ideacast on the front of the wraparound cover of the October 15, 2007 Advertising Age magazine: "88,000,000 people watched television outside their home last week. Your ad stayed in."

88 million folks watching TV not on their TV, and those writers aren't getting paid for those views.

boadicea said...

Anonymous spammer misses two key points:

1. The old contract is expired, and this is the time to negotiate terms. Contracts between corporations get renogiated regularly, with each side looking to address new issues and remedy old ones. It's no different when the contract's between the union and the corporate entity.

2. They do see the technology platform changing and are looking to protect their members interests in the developing system. Once again, it is not different from a corporation looking to develop future revenue streams when one product line falters. Just as corporations organize shareholders to share the risk of the market, unions organize laborers.

Writers are workers. Workers deserve fair pay.

Anonymous said...

I can see the FOX Rally from my office window in Century City and the turnout is great! We all support you.

Anonymous said...

Where are you going on Monday? I'd like to come and show my support! Thanks...

Cathy Krasnianski said...

Just returned from the rally. There had to be at least 10,000 WGA, SAG and supporters there. We shut down Avenue of the Stars AND Pico Boulevard! Office workers, hotel workers, and general passersby hung out of windows, stoo on rooftops and honked their horns in support.

Patrick Verrone and several others gave enthusiastic speeches.

After the speeches, the entire crowd walked from Fox Plaza down Avenue of the Stars toward Fox Studios. Pico Boulevard was lined with people carrying picket signs and shouting slogans.

At one point, the police actually closed off Pico Boulevard in front of the studio and for a time it seemed like one giant block party.

I allowed my 12-year-old daughter to attend to gain a better understanding what is happening.

T said...

Has anyone seen this?

http://www.hollywoodscabwriter.com

Cathy Krasnianski said...

T,
It's a put-on.

Hailey said...

This blog is almost as awesome as the cause it's documenting.

Though I doubt it means much, you've got the humble support of the high schoolers of Portland, Oregon. Our playwriting class spent the whole period discussing the strike and our support of it.

latelatebloomer said...

love the hollywoodscabwriter.com
gave me a much needed laugh today. it's been a tough, draining, heartlbreaking week on the picket lines. whoever produced it has a fabulously dry sense of humor. nice to be able to make fun of a bad situation! check it out....

Mark said...

Yep, 4,000 people at the WGA rally at Fox today, but the local L.A. NBC news didn't even make mention of it. Corporate greedy pigs control everything including the accurate reporting of information. Even CNN ran the O.J. story all day and that was just a preliminary hearing. CBS evening news had nothing. NBC Nightly news had a 15 second blurb with no specifics as to how large the rally was. I don't care what's going on in the world, when more than 4,000 people (5,000 by LAPD estimates) gather in one place, it's news! And we wonder why our country is going to hell.

Anonymous said...

Cathy...

There was not 10,000 more like 3500-4000 according to the police who were on duty to shut the street down for the safety of the marchers. The marchers did not shut Ave of the stars down, the city of Los Angeles did to make sure you could march. While I support the writers right to strike, I am angry because I am out of work now due to two very powerful groups not being able to come to the table.
Each show/producion employes about 110-160 crew members, we are called *collateral damage*
I will make sure to tell my children that come the holidays.
Bet by the time they go several months without, they will truly understand what that means and I wonder what Seth MacFarland will joke about then.
I worked on Desperate Housewives, I am a union man, my union has never had to strike. They do not like collateral damage.

kestrin said...

bravo, strikers. today was a wonderful expression of solidarity. we support you.

SexCircle.com said...

Fox rally.

Anonymous said...

fuck you

skippy said...

skippy walks the picket line in front of 20th century!

Anonymous said...

Hey John,

I have my dvr set to record Best Week Ever every week, and I noticed that there's a new one this week... What's up with that? You guys weren't on it, of course, but there were other regulars on the show who appeared, and I was wondering if that meant they don't support the strike or something? Plus, there was no mention of the strike at all, and I would think that BWE of all shows would reference it. Just curious.

While I'm here, I just wanted to say I support you 100%!! My dvr has failed me the past two Thursdays so I haven't seen the two most recent Grey's Anatomys, and I won't watch them on the internet! Rock on!