Saturday, March 29, 2008

Screen Actors Guild Strike Looming?

From USA Today...
With new shows just starting to return to TV, the entertainment industry finally seems to be shaking off the devastating impact of the 100-day strike by the Writers Guild of America that ended Feb. 12 and took an estimated $2.5 billion toll on the local economy. But the industry remains on edge as leaders of the Screen Actors Guild have said publicly they will push for an even better deal than the one writers got.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents studios, has urged the two unions representing actors to begin bargaining by April 1 — three months before the current contract is set to expire on June 30. And pressure for a speedy resolution has come from A-list actors Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, who took out ads in trade publications calling for talks to start immediately. Full article.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Another strike by a bunch of Hollywood millionaires complaining about Internet royalties is not going to go over very well in middle America. This brings to mind the 1994 Major League Baseball strike. Many believe baseball has never been the same...

As I have mentioned several times on the DZ, I honestly think that I could survive the rest of my natural life on DVDs of existing movies and TV series, video games, and reality shows.

Writers and Actors — To Hell With You!

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