24 November, 2007

WSC Show #16 - Food Stylists: Nancy and Philip

In this episode we go to the Labor Solidarity march and rally and talk to Nancy and Philip, two food stylists who are affected by the strike.
Producer/Host: Tanja Barnes
Music: "Ay Mambo" by Falik
available on Magnatune.com

23 November, 2007

United Hollywood Live

It's great to witness members of the WGA get with it and incorporate new technology in their campaign for fair pay against big media conglomerates.

Join them live right this very minute on Now Live Social Broadcasting.

Last September, I got to experience the Now Live UI when they came to the New Media and Podcast Expo held in Ontario. (Wait 'til next year: Las Vegas, baby. Woo hoo!)

About NowLive™
NowLive is a social broadcasting network that lets anyone create a live, interactive talk shows, take callers, share media, syndicate podcasts, and more. NowLive empowers you to connect any time with peers, fans, friends, a nd new and interesting people. Communicate and promote the things that matter to you most! Who uses NowLive? Celebrities! Join Adrianne Curry, Christopher Knight, Bobbi Billard, Christine Dolce (ForBiddeN), Somaya Reece, and more! Bloggers (sport, political, travel, fashion, music…) - take your blog to the next level and host a weekly call in show at your blog site. MySpacers: create an interactive party line with all your friends. As one of our members said, "It's like MySpace on Crack". Bands: Start an international live concert from your garage. YahooGroups: add live teleconferencing to the group. Fantasy Sport: Have the commissioner of your league host a weekly get together so teams can negotiate real time trades and brag about last weeks standings. Businesses: invite your customers to an online Q&A session; Friends & Family! - this is a great way for your friends or family to share great conversation and experiences from different locations, all within a rich-media environment.

Studio heads try to produce "24" without writers

AMPTP has finally had it with this strike crap and got "24" back into production without the writers...

Submitted by Mikeroweshow

WSC Show #15 - Solidarity and Support

In this episode we hear some of the voices of the men and women from several different unions, guilds, and organizations who came to support and participate in the Labor Solidarity with Writers' March and Rally that took place last Tuesday on Hollywood Boulevard.
Producer/Host: Tanja Barnes
Music: "Ay Mambo" by Falik
available on Magnatune.com

22 November, 2007

Make Art, Not Content

Scotto Moore gave this talk at Ignite Seattle, a monthly geek event that combines on-site geekery, sharing and innovation.

The way I see it, disruptive technologies are changing the business model for music, television, radio and many other forms of media. I'm on the same page with the writers in that all artists must and should make a sustainable living for their art and performance. May all artists learn to adapt and survive in the new business model emerging from new media. Also, may we always remember that we are indeed artists of a new millenium and to that end: make art, not content.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Yours in solidarity,
Tanja Barnes

21 November, 2007

WGA-East President Michael Winship On Democracy Now

Cut and pasted from today's Democracy Now:

Writers Strike Enters Third Week in Divide Over Online Content
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The strike has been felt across the entertainment industry, putting daily talk shows, sitcoms and dramas on hiatus due to a lack of scripts. The Writers Guild of America has called the strike over paying writers for online reruns and original work written for the Internet. We speak with WGA-East President Michael Winship.

Striking writers staged a last rally in central Hollywood Tuesday before contracts talks resume next week between their union and studios and major producers.
Some 4,000 people marched down Hollywood Boulevard. The writers were joined by TV and film actors and other union members. The rally comes 16 days into the strike that has been felt across the industry, with daily talk shows canceled and shooting on top-rated dramas postponed due to a lack of scripts.

On Monday, about 500 television and radio writers working for CBS News also voted to strike following their own contract dispute with the network. Here in New York, writers have walked a daily picket line in various locations across the city. Democracy Now! went to Sony Plaza yesterday and spoke to some of the writers on strike.

  • Interviews with striking writers.
The Writers Guild of America will meet next Monday with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for the first time since they went on strike. The two sides have clashed over paying writers for reruns of their work online and for original work written for the Internet. Michael Winship is the President of the Writers Guild of America, East. He joins me in the firehouse studio. Welcome to Democracy Now.

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WSC Show #14 - Interview with B. Mark Seabrooks

In this episode, we talk to B. Mark Seabrooks. Following his interview we’ll hear Alicia Keys kick off the Labor Solidarity with Writers March and Rally that took place on Hollywood Boulevard yesterday.
Producer/Host: Tanja Barnes
Music: "Ay Mambo" by Falik
available on Magnatune.com

20 November, 2007

UnitedHollywood Puts A Shout Out For Media Coverage

United Hollywood just posted a shout out to let the news media know where to find them today. They also lamented how the rally two weeks ago went under reported.

I'm like: what do you expect? Are they really calling upon the Mainstream Media, which is owned by the media conglomerates of which they are striking against, to give them fair and balanced coverage? They freakin' control the flow of news and information.  It's people like me: bloggers, podcasters, and vidcasters that are telling the story from the bottom up, not the top down.

It's worth noting that I just read in a NY Times blog that as the writers strike enters its third week, the studios are fretting about their public images. Here's a snippet:
As Brooks Barnes wrote in Sunday’s New York Times: “Executives at studios like CBS, Fox and NBC Universal have said privately that their side was losing the public relations battle because they were not responding to union claims. Some were concerned that the union, using blogs and YouTube to publish its message, was succeeding in painting them as greedy.”

Read the entire article here.

One Writer's Vlog

By EthanFlower

WSC Show #13 - Interview with Diane Saltzberg and David Titcher

In today's episode I talk to Diane Saltzberg and David Titcher in front of the picket lines of NBC Studios. Recorded Friday, 16 November 2007.

Regrettably, I will be unable to cover today's rally on Hollywood Boulevard due to work, but thank God I have a job! I'm with you in solidarity!
Producer/Host: Tanja Barnes
Music: "Ay Mambo" by Falik
available on Magnatune.com

19 November, 2007

A fine example of Internet TV

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From Media30dotcom

Tomorrow: Labor Solidarity with Writers March and Rally

Hey there... the good news: I got booked to do background on a commercial tomorrow. The bad news: I'll miss the rally (see below) and will be unable to cover it. I'll proly be hitting the picket lines before my call time (2:00 p.m. in downtown) so if you see me, step up to the mike and let's have a chat.

Labor Solidarity with Writers
March and Rally on Tuesday, Nov. 20

Help write a new chapter in Hollywood history. Join thousands of members of the Writers Guild of America as the WGA begins week three of its strike against the media conglomerates of the AMPTP. March down Hollywood Boulevard with film and TV writers, actors, musicians, Teamsters, Service Employees and other unions in this fight for justice.

More than 10,000 writers are on the front lines of the fight to preserve decent working standards against corporate power.

1:00 pm: Assemble at Hollywood Blvd. and Ivar Ave.
1:30 pm: March down Hollywood Blvd.

For more information, contact the WGA at (323) 782-4574.

Bill Moyers Journal

The latest from Bill Moyers Journal.

We blogged about Bill Moyers earlier this month. Check it here.

Tell the FCC: Stop Big Media

More importantly: Stop Big Media Now!

WGA Strike Ant & Grasshopper

From rodneyvaccaro

Give Thanks To The Writers!

From Unleashed.TV

Now Available on iTunes!

Yo, all you Writers' Strike Chronicles readers, just a shout to say that accompanying podcast is now available in iTunes for FREE. Just go to the store, search for the "Writers' Strike Chronicles" and subscribe. It really is that simple. Please be sure to leave us some positive reviews!

But, on the back end, it wasn't that simple for me to set up. Consequently I had to resubmit the first two episodes, so those of you who have already subscribed and downloaded them again, you're not crazy. I had some issues on my end.

But it's all good now. Enjoy!

WSC # 12 - Interview with Jill Condon

In today’s episode I speak with writer Jill Condon and her son Owen Wadsworth -- the WGA's youngest striker -- down on the picket lines at NBC about how the strike is affecting the families of writers. Recorded Monday, 12 November 2007.

Producer/Host: Alicyn Packard
Music: "Ay Mambo" by Falik
Available on Magnatune.com

18 November, 2007

Now On Crackle.com

From Crackle: Writers Strike

What, never heard of Crackle?

Tsk. Check it:

Crackle, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company formerly known as Grouper, is a multi-platform video entertainment network and studio that distributes the hottest emerging talent on the web and beyond. Crackle's addictive channels and shows reach a global audience across the Internet, in the living room, and on devices including a broad range of Sony electronics. Crackle, in on-going collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment and other leading partners, discovers and promotes the stars of tomorrow.

From the AMPTP side

From maplestreet

A Guy Like Me - Will's On Strike?

From CSzBeast

WGA Strike Memes

Scrivener's Error is a blog by LawShark. In a recent posting, he talks about memes coming out of the writers' strike.

A quote:
The current dispute between the WGA and the studio/production system is based on a number of memes that are not getting much, if any, attention. These memes all have implications for writers in all media and forms, so pay attention!

I got your memes right here, buddy.

Web 2.0, New Media and Social Networking

OK...been you've reading this blog, but still don't get the concept of web 2.0? Here's a viral video from Nokia. It's...it's...meh...it's okay...

But I think the video below that came out earlier this year. I think it explains it mucho better...

WSC # 11: Interview with Takara Ketton

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In today’s episode I speak to Takara Ketton, a graduate student at Emerson College Los Angeles. Takara voices her thoughts on the writers strike from the perspective of an aspiring future member of the WGA. Recorded Monday, 12 November 2007.

Producer/Host: Alicyn Packard
Music: "Ay Mambo" by Falik
Available on Magnatune.com

Why We Don't Support The WGA Strike

The Movie Blog gives a different point of view on the WGA Writer's Strike

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