Sunday, November 11, 2007



Neighbor Nat, a successful Hollywood Screenwriter, made the scene at 7th and Montana this morning, lingering long enough to share some inside perspective on the strike in progress by the Writers Guild of America against the Hollywood studios.  Like many, Nat took his place last week on the picket lines as the writers collectively demanded a percentage of the profits studios make by redistributing their work on DVD and the Internet.  I sympathize with the Writers on this one.  Home Entertainment is the biggest Cash Cow in Hollywood, accounting for roughly 60 percent of overall studio revenue.  Consumer spending on Home Entertainment software exceeds $24 billion a year in the U.S. alone, but the writers -- the men and women responsible for Hollywood's creative output -- see practically nothing of this.  Even though some of my best friends are studio executives, I would join the writers on the picket lines if I could.  Then, again, who wouldn't stand in line for a chance to shout "Come on Eva!  Oh, Be-hava!" at Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria as she crosses the picket line ...!  


gazker said...

I agree with you Marty. There was even an article by Jay Leno in the Sunday Times today, who is now speachless for the first 10 minutes of his nightly show.
C'mon studios behava yourselves and cough up, or this particular Starbucks may go bust!
Gaz ;-)

princesssaurora said...

I agree too, the writers deserve a share... the studios need to share the wealth, and do it fast before the makeup/hair and craft people end up losing their houses and apts etc!!!

be well,

tenyearnap said...

I don't know who Eva is but SHAME on her. --Cin

deshelestraci said...

I was wondering when they would make your journal.  You did not disappoint.  I hope they end and resolve it soon!

beckiepainton said...

aGREED. Beckie x