The possible Writers’ Guild of America strike is no secret: it’s been all over print and online media, including mainstream and entertainment news sources. Variety recently ran a story about how a potential walkout would affect late-night TV the most, and offered us a glimpse of the mind states of the producers and TV execs. To the rest of us it seems obvious, having a pretty healthy respect for writers ourselves, that the solution would be to simply pay the people from whom the entire creative pulse of a show runs more money, but according to Variety, “Mind of Mencia” producer Harry Morton has other concerns. If TV shows shut down in the case of a writers’ walkout, the longer the shows are in the dark, the more likely layoffs of people in support positions making little money become.
“You want to be supportive of your guild, but when you have people making $600 a week possibly losing their jobs, you have to think of them, too,” Morton said.
It’s pretty hard to believe that the livelihoods of people making $600 a week are a huge concern for the studios, or really that anything beyond profit is a deciding factor in the whole debacle. In fact, this issue is more about people who are already pretty well-off having the ability to get a little richer. Painting the “underpaid” as the force behind the studios’ firmness on the strike, and making the writers’ demand for a higher cut of Internet and mobile phone the basis of the strike sales seem greedy. Also, how can you cast a stone at the writers for putting poor people out of work money you’re speaking for studios who are responsible for people’s salaries in the first place?
A meeting is taking place currently in LA between the East and West Coast Boards of the WGA, in which the strike recommendation will likely be set for Monday, November 5.