Sit Down, Shut Up writers stand up and walk out
And you thought that all that business with the WGA strike was over.
The writers for the new animated FOX show Sit Down, Shut Up have walked out, saying they were misled by Sony Pictures. They thought that under the agreement reached a few months ago they would be represented by the Writer's Guild of America but Sony actually has them covered under the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Under their rules, writers don't get all those things they fought for, including new media (online, DVD, etc) money or even residuals.
Unfortunately, the writers are pretty much stuck, because Sony has had this deal with IATSE for a decade. Sony has sent the writers breach of contract letters and legal proceedings could begin.
Sit Down, Shut Up is a new animated show from Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz. It's going to be executive produced by two former Simpsons producers, Josh Weinstein and Bill Oakley, and has an all-star cast of voices, including Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Cheri Oteri, Will Forte, and Henry Winkler.