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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Guild Strikes Back – The Writer’s Guild of America and Their Duty to Organized Labor

The writer’s strike of 2007 is one of the most discussed labor movements of the last 50 years. Why wouldn’t it be? Television has become such an integral part of the daily routine for millions of people around the nation, and the strike did so much to impact that routine. Do you see the problem […]

What Does Television Even Mean Anymore?

More and more it seems like my friends have told me they don’t have cable anymore. Seemingly after years of people going on about their 800 or so channels, the discussion has changed to, how many streaming services do you belong to: Hulu, HBO Go, Netflix, etc? We don’t consume things on TV like we […]

Reality TV: The Next Hurdle

Cynthia Littleton vividly describes the rollercoaster ride of the 2007-2008 Writer’s Guild of America strike in her book, TV on Strike: Why Hollywood Went to War Over the Internet. The main goals of the WGA included “achieving jurisdictional gains in new media, reality, and animation,” and while the final outcome of the strike was successful […]