Breaking Bad and the Writer’s Strike

The writer’s strike from 2007-2008 signaled a dramatic shift in the film industry. Some projects in development were delayed, while other projects sped through the writing process and ended up total disasters. Maybe you found yourself disappointed with the outcome of one or several of these misfires including Quantum of Solace (2008), Transformers: Revenge of […]

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 […]

Writing and Editing Reality

Despite the fact that me and many of my friends and relatives would consider me a cinephile, I still love reality TV. I’d probably consider it one of my guilty pleasures – it’s not smart entertainment, but it’s entertainment nonetheless. To be clear, the types of shows that I like to watch don’t include 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 […]

Why are Writers Exploited for Their Work and Who is Supposed to Help?

For a long time, there have been creative people who make, write, or build art for the masses to enjoy, and also those who would seek to exploit them to profit off of that art. Over time these mediums have evolved and new ones have been created. In the modern age, it has become easier […]

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 […]

Heroes, Villains & Corporate Interests

Littleton’s TV on Strike struck an agitated chord in me as I remember the effects these protests had on what little television I was invested in at that point. From 2007-2008, my absolute favorite shows consisted of Lost, Supernatural, House, Gossip Girl and most importantly, Heroes. Now, while Lost and Supernatural were certainly impacted by […]

Losers of the Writers’ Strike: Reality Writers Continue to Go Unprotected

Cynthia Littleton, writer of TV on Strike: Why Hollywood Went to War over the Internet, recaps the events and timeline that unfolded during the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) strike from October 2007 to February 2008. She explains the intense and heated dynamics within the picket lines in front of major TV and film studios […]

The WGA Clashes with the Rise of Digital Media

Cynthia Littleton’s TV on Strike: Why Hollywood Went to War Over the Internet discusses at length how the writer’s strike of 2007 (and into 2008) was preceded by a digital upheaval from 2005 and 2006 that produced a lot of uncertainties in the entertainment industry. Things such as DVR, iTunes, illegal file-sharing services, legal video […]