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07 March 2008 @ 01:00 am
This is the abstract post. The whole thing is here.

It's going to be a long, fun four months unless SAG gets their act together.

How will the current SAG fiasco affect House?Collapse )
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19 February 2008 @ 02:17 am
Note from Ms. Egan:

I wish I could give more answers, but I've tumbled headlong from strike mode to work mode. I will say "Thank you." (I know I've said it in my blog, but it bears saying again.) Your support during the strike has been amazing -- it's made an enormous difference in morale. The new contract's about to be voted on for ratification, and SAG's has yet to come up for negotiation, so I can't absolutely say all the trouble's over; but in terms of being back at work, at least, things look promising.

Whatever happens next, you should know you've got fans in LA.


What? Wilson's going to marry Cameron in season seven?!Collapse )
 
 
12 February 2008 @ 11:48 am
The strike is over.

Here's some information on when production will continue.

I want to thank everyone that's been supportive over the past three months. Thank you.
 
 
10 February 2008 @ 04:31 pm
 
 
07 February 2008 @ 01:23 pm
Leonard Dick: I'll Give You a Fair Deal

Leonard Dick, of "Words and Deeds" and "Don't Ever Change" fame, showed up on United Hollywood yesterday.

Subject: Guild-wide picket Thursday

As the twentieth century rambled into its final decade, this freshly minted MBA landed his first job in Hollywood as a finance executive at Disney. Heeding the lessons garnered at a cost of $60,000 for two years of tuition, room, and board, I invested in myself and purchased a chunk of shares of Disney stock (I also shrewdly bought Philip Morris stock two weeks before the federal courts, for the first time in forty years of class action suits against Big Tobacco, ruled in favor of the plaintiffs to the tune of $300 million).

Though I mothballed my 40-regular suits to become a writer of medical stories of an impeccable verisimilitude, I held on to those shares. I am an owner of Disney. On Thursday, February 6, I come full circle:

I am going to picket myself.

It's kinda poetic. You want a fair deal? I'm going to get you that deal. Because I'm going to get me to give you that deal. Bob Iger works for me. Tomorrow I'm going to march into his office and order him -- that's right, order him -- to give you that deal you've sweated for these last few months

But I need you to fend off the highly trained security guards who will try to assassinate me. Your absence on the picket line tomorrow could have dire consequences. Plus my mother's in town and it would be weird for her to be visiting if I were dead.

It's a Guild-wide picket. Other entertainment unions will be joining us.
Please come. Give my mother's visit purpose.
Skate blades up!
Leonard Dick, Shareholder of The Walt Disney Company


And for all of those that cannot get out to LA, I have numbers and e-mails!

1.818.560.1000
Anne Sweeney, ABC, ABC Family, Disney
E-Mail Them!


Tell them that "your" writer's on the picket line right now; that even though you're not in LA, or on the other side of the country, or even the other side of the pond, that you support Mr. Dick, his House colleagues, and the WGA.

Thank you!
 
 
 
05 February 2008 @ 08:27 am
  1. There's an excellent post at United Hollywood Regarding the Valdity of the Strike Statements

    "Until actual contract points are announced in preparation for Saturday's membership meeting, we should not draw any conclusions about where we stand. Clearly, there are leaks going on. But leaks serve the AMPTP more than the writers. It's in the AMPTP's interest to have everyone thinking it's safe to tune out. (On Sunday, my 93-year-old grandfather told me, "So! I hear the strike's over!") If the writers aren't paying attention or maintaining strength, the AMPTP's lawyers will attempt to water down the contract language from whatever the CEOs agreed to in principle."

  2. Tonight is the lat episode of House. And, oh, look:
    1.310.369.1000
    Kevin Reilly, Fox

    Please leave a quick message saying:
    Hello Mr. Reilly,

    My name is [insert name]. I fall into the [insert demographic information] bracket and my local affiliate is [insert local affiliate’s name]. I am calling on behalf of the writers of my favorite show, House. I hope that Mr. Chernins' talks with the WGA ended in success, and that the AMPTP finally provided writers fair compensation for their work. I really want production on House to continue.

    Thank you for your time,
    [your name]


  3. Ms. Egan responded saying that she would have the anwers to the Q&A by February 19th.


  4. And, lastly, there's a quick poll about fundraising at my livejournal. Feedback is much appreciated.


ENJOY THE EPISODE. I CAN BARELY WITHHOLD MY SQUEE.
 
 
02 February 2008 @ 07:49 pm
The NBC Nightly News (Saturday February 2, 2008) just reported that the WGA reached an agreement with networks, and the strike will be over sometime next week. AP picked up the story. Even Nikki said they might be close. Rumors are running rampant.

That’s it: rumors. THEY ARE JUST RUMORS.

And rumors are never the whole truth. Remember the last time we heard good “rumors” about the strike, back in November? The AMPTP walked from the table and didn’t return for over forty days. What’s to say that won’t happen again? Nothing. Because we just don’t know. Furthermore, remember that even if they reached a deal, it would still need to be voted on by the Guild, and analyzed by the lawyers.

Even if these rumors hold any truth, the strike isn’t over. Until then, please, refrain from getting your hopes up. Be patient. Don’t let the reports discourage you (that’s what they’re for).

So Enjoy the Super Bowl tomorrow (Go Pats), and Enjoy the new House episode.
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01 February 2008 @ 08:41 pm
Doris Egan Q&A

I want to thank everyone that responded and sent in questions for Ms. Egan. We had over seventy questions, sooo there's some bulit in suspense now. What will she answer?! She only said that she's "talkative" so she might take longer than planned. But, once she sends them back, we will post them immediately.

Want to Help?

Tuesday's the day. The day the strike finally hits home. No more House episodes.

Right now, I'm looking for folks who are interested in helping out with House-related strike efforts. There's currently a media-blackout on new information regarding negotiations. Both sides are trying to settle this. Until then, please do not get your hopes up. Do not believe the article quoting John Wells saying "the strike will end in two weeks, or by this weekend." It's just not true. We all want the strike to end tomorrow; however, no one should get their hopes crushed. We need to prepared like we'd prepare for summer hiatus.

During the blackout, I think we should turn out attention on ourselves, and how we can keep ourselves busy during the long break, and let the strike fresh on our minds. We're looking for fan artists and writers that would be interested in getting some PSAs out to the fans. If you're interested please drop a comment, or e-mail us at fansforwga@gmail.com or you can contact me via AIM (pwnsgod). Thank you!

AND, this isn't strike related, but it is a great cause: please check out rsl_bday_drive. Leonard fans are raising money all month for the Actors' Fund Boardway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in honor of his birthday.

FYI: Last Two Episodes

Liz Friedman wrote "Frozen", and Leonard Dick and Doris Egan wrote "Don't Ever Change".

Thank you!
Enjoy the last two episodes, and of course the Super Bowl. (Go Pats!)
 
 
25 January 2008 @ 12:37 pm
Note: We are going to extend the Doris Egan Q&A until Tuesday, because that's when the new episode will air.  If you still have questions, please see here for further details.
 
 
22 January 2008 @ 02:55 am
If the strike has taught us anything, it’s that the conglomerates don’t have a ton of fans. But the WGA members do. And boy, do those fans have questions. Questions about the strike, the rumors, and even the spoilers.

Doris Egan -- "House vs. God", "Son of a Coma Guy", "Housetraining" -- has graciously agreed to do a Q&A with the fans.

How It Works:

1. Fans will have 72 hours to submit their questions.
2. The moderators will send the questions to Ms. Egan, who has a week to answer.
3. When she's finished, she will send it back, and we will we post them.

Eligible Questions:

Anything goes (aside from the few no-nos in the fine print). Fans may ask questions about the strike, about the industry, about the writing process, or about the show and its characters. Fans may even ask for thoughts on the presidential election, or the Atlanta Falcons head coach opening, or the most under-appreciated film of the 1940s.

Here’s the fine print: The moderators reserve the right to omit questions we find offensive or inappropriate. We define those terms as (1) possible invasion of writers’ privacy, (2) angry rants about writers’ work, and (3) use of four-letter Anglo-Saxons words. Furthermore, Ms. Egan reserve the right to not answer every question.

Thank you in advance for your questions. After all, healthy dialogue is the building block of all good relationships. (Take note, Mr. Counter.)

Send Your Questions To:

askthewriters@unitedfandom.com

The e-mail subject should state the writers’ name. Please include your first name.

E.g:

What’s the best way for me to get involved in helping out the strike efforts?
- Jane


Or you may post them IN THIS THREAD (and this one only please. I'm going to be cross-posting it). Comments will be screened.

Thanks!
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