The Association of Talent Agents: A Light in the Dark that is the Entertainment Industry

As far as guilds and unions go in the entertainment industry, it seems that you only really hear about a few of them. During various strikes, organizations such as the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild have gained public interest, and therefore have become slightly more familiar to the average American. What […]

The Office Is Closed: How United Hollywood Helped Publicize The Writer’s Strike

The Office is one of my favorite comedies that’s ever aired on primetime T.V. It boasts a fantastically talented ensemble cast, genius writing, and some of the most interesting camera work that I’ve ever seen in a half hour comedy that aired on one of the major networks. I’m not alone in my love for […]

Of Webisodes and Writer’s Guilds: ABC’s “Lost” and the 2007 Writers’ Strike

I grew up in a family of Lost fans. While the series was airing on ABC from 2004-2010, I distinctly remember witnessing my parents, my older brother, and even my aunts and uncles excitedly discussing theories and episode recaps with one another. While I didn’t watch the show until years after that contentious finale was […]

Animal Actors Being Replaced by CGI Being Replaced by Unemployment

For a long time, Hollywood has been a death trap for animal actors. It is said that up to 100 horses died on the set of the 1959 film Ben Hur. This egregious case led Congress to implement policy on animal abuse within the film industry. Guidelines were put in place to protect animal actors. Animal […]

Maintaining The Artist

  Guilds in Hollywood are essential to the creative industries as without guilds, the industry would needs these to enable to the show to go on. These are unions that maintain an efficient work atmosphere for workers in entertainment. It is easy to lose oneself in the hustle and bustle of show business which is […]

Precarious Creatives

New Media, and broadband specifically, has allowed for the creative industries to become more democratized through various sites like Patreon and YouTube. However, the creatives who are working under the constraints of the six conglomerates who dominate the media we consume are often left in a state of precarity as their needs are often left […]

Josh Friedman, The Terminator and The Strike

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was a continuation of the Terminator series. It ignored the third installment of the series – Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) – and picked up where Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). At the time, it was a relatively successful drama. It was rated as the most popular original scripted drama series of the 2007-2008 season. Fox picked […]

The Animation Guild

The creative labor in the digital age was deeply affected in the Writers Guild of America strike, which began November 2007 and lasted until February 2008. The strike sought better funding for labor unions and job security in comparison with big-named film and TV studios. Traditionally, workers in these labor unions, such as screenwriters, aren’t […]

IATSE: Doing Good in Local Communities

As a film and media major, I have enjoyed working on the production process of various short films throughout my time as a college student. That is not to say it is not time consuming and often stress inducing when things don’t go as planned. Over time, I have gotten to understand this process and what those […]

VFX Rockstars

Pretty much all hit movies and TV shows these days contain some sort of VFX or CGI elements which contributed to making that project a success. Star Wars, Jurassic World, Harry Potter, Arrow, Boardwalk Empire, and Game of Thrones are all hit movies and TV shows that wouldn’t be nearly as successful had it not been […]