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Four Cents: Understanding the Strike

November 13, 2007 12:04 PM

Still struggling a bit to understand what exactly the writers strike is about?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone!

The issues are complex. But the Writers Guild of America has created a simple, easy-to-understand, three-minute primer video on its YouTube channel.

For the skinny on DVD and Internet residuals, check out this video:


At the heart of the impasse is whether studios will pay writers when shows run online. The WGA says the networks claim online video is simply promotional.

But one striking writer cobbled together a chilling video featuring soundbites from television executives Robert Iger, Sumner Redstone, Ben Silverman, Rupert Murdoch and Leslie Moonves touting how much money their companies stand to make on Internet video.
Check that video out here:

Click here for complete coverage of the strike.

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Comments (2)

chaderik:

Ohhhhhhhh, now it makes sense!

Always suprises me how long it takes for these instructional videos to get out there?

These videos would have been a great pre-campaign launched, um, pre-strike. before people started walking out, getting fired.

Come on studios and WGA - present your cases for everyone to see. Remember Sesame Street and Schoolhouse Rock!? I wanna hear some more catchy jingles . . .

Amanda:

here's more evidence that people are online now MORE than tv and how valuable that market really is: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8SSU3AO0&show_article=1

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