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 […]

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 […]

Join the Club: Guild Membership (and Its Perils)

Robert Rodriguez (And Frank Miller) The first film I can ever remember having a great desire to see theatrically was Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids. Rodriguez was a filmmaker I continued to follow as I matured; From Dusk til Dawn made a major impression on me, as did his book Rebel Without a Crew, detailing how he made El Mariachi on […]

A New World for Reality TV

In 2007, the WGA went on strike against the AMPTP to protest a lack of pay and compensation for Internet-produced work. Because the writers were not working, many distributors turned to reality television as a substitute for scripted shows. These proved to be highly successful, as seen with Survivor. While reality television proved to be a […]

TV On Strike: What led to the growth of Product Placement

Cynthia Littleton’s TV on Strike Why Hollywood Went to War over the Internet is an informative look on how the Writers Guild of America (WGA) banded together to go on strike over the ever-growing media changes brought on to the television industry by the Internet. Starting in 2005, after a series of media innovations, the […]

The One Where They Go On Strike: Friends, Netflix and the Value of Reruns

The lack of respect shown to television writers by the entertainment industry remains, to me, unfathomable. With networks struggling to attract new, dedicated audiences, one would think that the value of a good writer would be of the utmost importance. While directors and producers bring the words on the page to life and imbue typed […]