Michael Hinman of SyFy Portal reports the following concerning the Strike:
On Thursday, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers broke what was a media blackout to announce they had offered striking writers a new contract that included $130 million in additional compensation, bringing the amount writers received each year over $1.4 billion.
But just as the AMPTP was patting themselves on the backs, the WGA released a statement of their own, blasting the proposal and calling it a rollback that was unacceptable.
The studios were looking to provide a fixed payment of just under $250 for each hour-long program that appeared on the Internet to writers -- a steep decline to the $20,000 a writer earns when that program is rerun on a network. On top of that, the deal was specifically for television and didn't include streaming movies online.
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Now, I am not looking forward to the strike lasting more than another week ( that is me being hopeful) but when one considers how it could be some time before the strike ends - this article at BuddyTv is spirit lifting -
November 30, 2007 Let's say the strike isn't settled by Christmas. Let's say it's not even settled by the time summer hits. What, then? What do fans of scripted content have to look forward to in 2008? The pickings will be slim, but there are going to be some glimmers of hope for scripted drama lovers. Fans of half hour comedy, I'm afraid, are out of luck. Unless The New Adventures of Old Christine does it for you (there are eight or so episodes set to air), there's not much out there. However, in the drama department there are a few rare series who will air their entire uninterrupted seasons in 2008. One of those is Jericho.And of course, being the egotist I am, I love it whenever I get to see the Save Jericho Campaign and hard fighting Jericho Fans mentioned! And the post's author even calls the filming of the seven almost a blessing. He also mentions ( grin) how Jericho will be the only network show to finish an entire season, with Lost only having half a season to come back with in February.
Most inspiring, the author feels that CBS should take "this opportunity with the strike to re-air Jericho's first season and try to pick up new viewers as it readied for the second season", and I fully agree.
Please read the entire post at BuddyTV by clicking the post title up top.