11/07/2007

Jesse Jackson on the Picket Line


from left to right: darren stein (wga), micah schraft (wga), michele multoney (wga), rev. jesse jackson,
joel michaely (sag), abdi nazemian (wga), colette burson (wga)

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

For the record, he showed up at exactly 5pm as everyone was leaving. Not sure if he was misinformed, got stuck in traffic, or just didn't want to be around too many writers.

Anonymous said...

I sincerely hope Jesse Jackson does not start representing the writers...

Cayce said...

I just wanted to post my support for the WGA and other Hollywood union members that are joining the fight. I think the way you're utilizing the internet to get the word out is not only ironic, but extremely effective. This massive communication system wasn't around the last time, and I can only hope that support from viewers increases the pressure put on executives to end the strike on your terms.

California is a few states over, but I hope knowing you have the support of your fans increases your resolve. Good luck and let's hope this comes to a swift end!

Anonymous said...

Where's Al Sharpton?

Annie said...

An avid tv fan called me while I was on the picket line today. She suggested getting the fan base of the shows currently affected by the strike involved, instead of leaving them out there, feeling cheated. Jericho fans influenced the network to bring the show back when it was canceled by flooding network offices with peanuts. Roswell fans brought back their show by inundating the network with bottles of Tabasco sauce.

My friend suggested every showrunner call upon the fans of each show to send in 4 pennies, representing the 4 cents the Companies won't add to our DVD formula. (The 4 pennies would just be a symbol, but the fans would be saying, "I'm willing to support this show and the people who create it -- why aren't you?") Millions of envelopes with 4 pennies in each envelope, sent to every network with a show that's being shut down, along with a downloadable form with the fan's name, imploring the network to make a deal with the writers because they love these shows so much they're willing to chip in the 4 cents the companies seem unwilling to give the writers.

I thought it was a great grassroots campaign that could galvanize some of the writing teams & solidify their ongoing relationships with their fans.

Anonymous said...

Is anyone picketing YouTube or Google video? I watch more things on there than all the networks & cable stations combined. Frankly... thank god for my Tivo. Record my 3 shows (Lost, Office & Ace of Cakes) and I'm gone. Hollywood studios are bankrupt when it comes to new ideas. Writers should form their own companies, go online only and get a few sales people to bumper the content with ads.

The revolution will not be televised.

Shawn MacFarland said...

Highly recommend all involved in the strike join Reddit, and use it to amplify your message. It has a lower barrier to entry than Digg, and a more active audience.

Consider the success Ron Paulites have found in part by using Reddit as an aggregator.

Lots of Redditors are starting to play closer attention to the strike, so getting people who are actually walking the lines to post from their blogs would only aid in getting eyeballs where you need them.

In fact you can all be your own live reporters, and make sure that your side is presented the way you want it to be - unfiltered.

I was actually very inspired by the John Cusack interview of Naomi Klien over at the Huffington Post. What a great example of what is possible when professionals are not bounded by convention.

On the net you can go into as much depth as you like for as long as you like, and you will be able to hold audience interest for the whole time. There are no limits.

Shawn MacFarland

http://reddit.com/user/smacfarl/

Anonymous said...

why are you only picketing 9-5? You should be out there 24/7

Curious said...

If you're a non-WGA member (who hopes to join someday) what's the deal with reality tv? Is it crossing the picket line to work for a non-union show as a producer or even as a story editor?

Good luck fighting the good fight!!

Anonymous said...

Where can we donate money to support the strikers if the studios choose to do the sit-and-wait-til-we-bleed- them-dry tactic? ...Jim

Anonymous said...

Jesse Jackson just wants publicity. Just like Sharpton. They're good at getting involved with something that has nothing to do with them


I support the WGA.. I will NOT download any videos online UNTIL they get paid fot it.

stephen said...

maybe instead of sending four pennies to the studios, we could use that change to fight poverty and hunger.

Anonymous said...

Ugh, I hope this guy doesn't try to speak for us. I honestly feel his publicity whoring sullies our message. Go away, Jesse. We're fine without you.

Anonymous said...

For you causes' sake, PLEASE get Jesse Jack*ff out of there. He represents, supports, appears, speaks, raises money, promotes, etc. only for himself.

Trust me he will NOT BE AN ASSET to your cause in the minds of you supporters.

Mike said...
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Mike said...

Jesse Jackson is an embarrassment to the WGA and should not be allowed to represent us.

He's nothing but a photo-op whore and would show up at a Pro-Child Molestation Rally if there were cameras present...

Mike Scully