The writers strike has me in bed early…

I miss you already, Jimmy…Say it ain’t so, Jimmy. Say it ain’t so that you don’t write your OWN jokes and skits?

I can’t believe that I now have to skip my nightly dose of Jimmy Kimmel just because some writers want more money from the sales of DVDs. Shit, I want more money too. But I guess I can’t really afford the markers, poster board and extra cups of coffee to sustain a strike in our department.

It must be nice to have so much power on the world right now. Those writers have managed to halt the all-mighty Desperate Housewives as well. Eva even brought pizza! Boy those writers really have it so bad…

OK, OK. I can go along with this to a point. I understand the feeling of being unappreciated. And I know big-time producers pretty much squander the money earned from great writing. I understand it can get kind of “unfair” when the money from DVD sales isn’t thrown at those who made all our favorite movies and television seasons possible. But what irritates me is that I just don’t think these writers were hurting in the first place. They have what many of us scribblers would call “The Dream Job.” And maybe it kind of sucks to be the bearer of such merriment and not get the dinero for the hard work. However can’t we all say that about our “everyday” careers?

BLAH!It isn’t that I think these guys don’t deserve a little more dough. Everyone could use a few extra quarters in their purse, but I guess I’m just a little bitter. Jimmy is one of those guys that you don’t really want to admit having a crush on because they are so dopey, but just can’t help it because they are so funny and smart. My kind of man. Now he’s all rerun-y and I’m all teary. I haven’t been this depressed since I realized he and Sarah Silverman were a duo. What a waste of a good guy.

Just give the damn writers what they want. I know it’s “hard” but try to pry a few millions out of your already very heavy wallet, O powers that be. I need my Jimmy fix. I can live without DH.

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23 responses to this post.

  1. Forget about writing jokes: Eva Longoria was delivering pizza because she feels sorry for her hair and makeup artist! Hair and makeup! Now that is pathetic.
    And what’s with delivery pizza and donuts? That’s so Detroit. In L.A. it should be sushimi and a nice pinot!

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  2. I thought those guys in LA got their pizza delivered from New York via helicopter?

    BTW, don’t let Max Adams see this post…she’s a writer and she’s on strike.

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  3. Really? Well I wanna hear her two cents!
    Sixty, I hear ya. I surely thought L.A. was ABOVE Dominos.

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  4. J,
    Funny that you mentioned Jimmy Kimmel. Over the past three days, the traffic to my blog has gone nutso!! It’s because it’s mentioned on the Jimmy Kimmel website. When I came to your site and saw his pic, I thought, WTF?

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  5. Posted by goinglikesixty on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 11:40 am

    Surely if Gabby and Leno really cared, they could have had something catered! I’m kinda serious about this… if a multimillionaire (because of my writing) offered me a donut or pizza, I would be insulted. Show your support by grabbing a sign, but don’t patronize.

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  6. See? This is why I susbscribe to The Man Show podcast. But now that I know they don’t write their own stuff… I’m so disappointed. Their writers are GENIOUS!

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  7. Posted by MisstressM on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    You know whats interesting, it’s the same story in just about every industry doing just about anything. The brains behind the operation are the ones who are underappreciated and sometimes underpaid. And the people who make the most money are the ones who contribute little or nothing to the creativity aspect.

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  8. MIKE! DO TELL! I may be tired to figure this one out. Why were you listed on Jimmy’s site? And from what I read from you blog just now, why were people posting ugly comments?

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  9. BTW, I’m a little amazed at the pizza myself. Really an insult.

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  10. Stil. Does Max talk about this strike in a blog??

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  11. Yes she does. She just put it up. I don’t have a direct link to that particular post but here’s her site:
    http://celluloidblonde.wordpress.com

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  12. Thanks for shedding some light on the situation. I’ll be honest in that I have declined on reading about the strike because I figured it would make me sad. I’d like some more money too, but what can us writer do…

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  13. Well, it is important to understand this is not merely about “more money.” Studios and networks did not just refuse to pay royalties on works being distributed to new media — which have provided the companies an 80% increase in profits but the creators of the material nothing or at least that is what they are telling shareholders, ahem — they also demanded roll backs. In other words, they did not just refuse to pay a royalty for resold works, they also told writers they were cutting current pay and health benefits. That is like walking into your boss’s office on the day you are due for a pay increase and being told instead your check is about to get cut by a third. Fun yes?

    This was on purpose. The companies were pushing for a strike and walked into meetings with the full intention of posing impossible scenarios. Now they are claiming they will not go back to the negotiating table unless writers stop the strike. However, it was the networks and stations that walked away from the negotiating table in the first place. So, currently 12,000 writers are on strike and out of work. And a whole lot more people are out of work because, with the writers on strike, nobody has any material to shoot. You will not see this covered on the news though. The studios and networks own the news stations.

    The actors’ and directors’ guilds are supporting the writers’ strike because their contracts come due this spring and if the networks and studios can break the writers’ backs, actors and directors are next.

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  14. Thanks for commenting, Max. I was hoping you would.
    And this puts things in perspective.
    But I guess I’m really bothered about all this because where does it all end?
    I wish I could rise up and picket my low salary in the journalism field but do you think they would take such a strike seriously?
    I really do sympathize, don’t get me wrong. But I’m worried about where this stops.
    There should never have been cut pay and the insurance—but how high of a price are we all paying?

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  15. The question is not how high a price do we pay for a strike. The question is, How high a price do we pay if we do not strike?

    The answer is, Too high.

    When you ask where this will end, you are looking at the equation backwards. Corporations are smashing the worker. Workers’ pay goes down and down. Pay for corporate executives goes up and up. The gap between the two is huge, growing geometrically and daily, and moving, literally, towards serfdom. On all fronts. Not just for writers for screen and television. For every working man and woman in this country. Ask where that ends because that is the problem. Not workers demanding fair pay. Corporations stripping working men and women of even the resources to stand and ask for fair pay. Pressing them into standards of service that workers must ascede to because there are no other terms or options left to them.

    Someone must take a stand. That is what we are doing. Taking a stand. And you better hope we win. If we don’t, the spiral continues. Not just for us. For every working man and woman in this country.

    I am also exhausted by people who swipe at screenwriters as if we all make a lot of money and are just being greedy or asking for too much. We are negotiating minimum pay here and asking for a royalty. That is a crime now? Minimum pay barely effects the dogs at the top of the ladder. It effects dogs at the bottom of the ladder. The people who receive the least. And median numbers are skewed. Basing an estimation of what every day writers for film and television make on a median number is like saying all writers of books make big bucks because J.K. Rowling’s paycheck got thrown into the pot before making an estimation. Yeah, you throw J.K.’s paycheck in there, it looks like book writers are all living pretty high. Hell, throw King and Ludlum and Grisham and Clancy in there too. That ought to bring the median up some. They are the million dollar writers however. How accurate is any “median” on a chart that includes their numbers when it comes to the writers in the middle?

    Not too freaking accurate. So please stop suggesting writers for film and screen are making unreasonable demands or being greedy or overpaid. We are trying to get by. In a system that was stacked against us going in. And we are paying a real heavy price for it and are probably also one of the last bastions standing between complete corporate take over of the worker in this country because, if corporations take Hollywood down? Who is left to stand and fight?

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  16. Ok Max. It doesn’t happen often, but I will admit I’m wrong–somewhat…
    I had/have no idea what screenwriters make. But I guess I imagined it to be much better than the lousy pay I get as a journalist. I would love to be able to write for television or film. It has been a dream of mine I will never really go after. But you also have to know that MANY of us have NO idea every in and out of this strike. And we just don’t know how much money we are talking about here that you all aren’t getting. I never said it wasn’t deserved. Nor did I say it wasn’t a strike that needed to happen. I agree with it for the most part but like I said and many others may assume, how little the pay is isn’t ever discussed. Also when I said where does it end, I don’t mean in just this case. I mean any other line of service that stops to do the same thing to stand against poor pay. What would happen if all journalists stood up against mediocre pay? We wouldn’t have a paper to read in the morning, that’s for sure. Would it be missed as much as our favorite programs, well, maybe not!
    I do admire you (writers) in this time of history-making. It is a brave thing to do. But I miss Jimmy and Cleto.

    (well, i hope you at least chuckled..)

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  18. If all journalists stood up against lousy pay I do not know what would happen. I do not even know what will happen with this strike. I would support it though. Journalists are under paid. And while yes, there would be no morning paper? The fact people enjoy your services does not mean journalists should accept bad compensation merely so as to not convenience their employers or audience. You have to support yourself. Everyone does. You are entitled to demand fair pay for fair work.

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  19. Um, that should say “inconvenience.” Sheesh.

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  21. Nurses, firefighters, and cops get shit pay, too. Imagine if they went on strike. Holy shit, this could start a new trend.

    Actually, I’m going to boycott my boyfriend because, broken down by days, my per diem is crap. That’s it. Max, I’m striking with you!

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  22. I am totally behind Max 100%!

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  23. Cool. I will send you a sign.

    There are some anti union laws in place in some states that prevent teachers, firefighters, police personnel, and health workers from legally striking. This is where the term blue flu comes from. Police cannot legally walk out so they organize to all call in sick at the same time instead of actively picketing. It is named after the blue of their uniforms.

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