December 21, 2007

More Viral Video from the Striking Writers

I've written before about the Writers' strike.

The bottom line is this: the studios started putting TV shows up on the internet as streaming video. Since there was no internet when the writers and producers created their current contract 25 years ago, there were no provisions for a percentage of income from streaming video on the internet.

Now the studios are pulling in BILLIONS of dollars from streaming video, far more than they get from re-broadcast syndication. The writers do not get a penny of that new line of income.

According to comments made by studio heads over the last few years, streaming video income is phenomenal; it's like they're printing money. All the writers are asking for is the same cut they get for broadcast TV, a tiny sliver of a percentage. The studios basically told the writers to go fuck themselves. Who suffers? We do.

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