Nothing, according to Brothers & Sisters creator Jon Robin Baitz. In an open letter to the Governator, on yesterday's Huffington Post, Baitz basically accuses Schwarzenegger of "fiddling while California burns."
What would Ryan do? B.J. Novak, who plays Ryan on The Office, is also a writer for the show. So, will he show up for work today? He belongs to competing unions: The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) has stipulated that actors must show up for work. However, as a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA), he could be fined by his union if he crosses the picket line.
Waiting for new Battlestar Galactica webisodes on SciFi.com? Well, you may be waiting for a long time because executive producer Ron Moore said he won't be delivering any more of them, including the ten episodes that have already been completed. Why? Because SciFi's parent company, NBC Universal, is being a bit tight with the purse strings.
Universal executives are witholding residuals and credit from the writers of the BSG webisodes, claiming that the three-minute episodes are 'promotional materials'. When Moore heard this he halted delivery. In turn, NBC Universal seized the webisodes and filed charges of unfair labor practices with the Writers Guild of America. The WGA then went back to Moore and told him not to deliver any more Internet content until their was residual deal.
Last month, nearly six million people streamed BSG episodes within two days of the premiere. Compare that to the 2.2 million people who watched the third-season premiere of the show. This goes to show that the Internet is beginning to draw more and more television viewers into its gaping maw, and that the industry is going to need to work together with the WGA to determine the best course of action.
The Writers Guild of America, the union which represents over 12,000 people working in the entertainment industry, wants to allow writers, editors, and producers currently working on reality television productions into the union. However, networks and studios are refusing. This gets into a lot of jargon and rhetoric that neither you or I really care much about, but the bottom line is that reality television is produced and "written" in a much different way than a scripted series, and the WGA has to figure out how to make such an inclusion work without a complete overhaul.
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