- Angelenos Support the Writers! So says a poll by SurveyUSA sponsored by KABC-TV. Of Los Angeles area adults familiar with the strike, 69% say they take the side of the WGA. Eight percent take the studios' side, while 22% say they don't take either side. "Support for the WGA members is strong across all demographic groups."
- In today's New York Times, Lost's Damon Lindelof has an op-ed.
"I am angry because I am accused of being greedy by studios that are being greedy. I am angry because my greed is fair and reasonable: if money is made off of my product through the Internet, then I am entitled to a small piece. The studios’ greed, on the other hand, is hidden behind cynical, disingenuous claims that they make nothing on the Web — that the streaming and downloading of our shows is purely 'promotional.' Seriously?"There's also a pro-writer column by Maureen Dowd.
“Some of these writers are living check to check,” said James Brooks, the writer, director and producer — and a creative force behind “The Simpsons” — who is on the picket line in Los Angeles. “And I fear union busting. It’s happening all over the place, and we’re not immune.”There are also some great quotes from SNL's Seth Meyers.
- In the LA Times: "Writers Have Marginalized Themselves" by Sean Mitchell. It's a bit of a downer, but then, the history of screenwriters is not a very cheery tale. Mistakes were made! What is encouraging and even inspiring is that this strike is about the future. Damon's op-ed pretty much nails it.