I don't usually publicly take sides in labour disputes, but since the writers on strike were so kind to explain the details (and do so quite well, they have a knack), I feel informed enough to do so.
First, writers make good money (an average of $200,000 per year!). If they lose the strike, it isn't as if they are going to start writing commercials or user manuals instead (although writing manuals also appears quite lucrative). They want revenue sharing over products sold, given away and rented via the Internet. Not profit sharing, revenue sharing.
They get paid to do the writing, then if is used, they get a share of the revenue every time the show is aired. But unlike actors, their faces aren't plastered all over TV, just their words. The logic for paying people for work they did 10 years ago escapes me.
I understand why the writers want this benefit, I just don't agree they should have it.
And they want you and me to pay higher cable bills to do so. Higher cable bills because if they want revenue from mediums not generating profit, like NBC's free tv over the Internet, then the money will have to come from somewhere. And that means higher cable and DVD prices.
Raise your hand if you get paid more than once for your work. I get money for writing this blog way after the fact, but the difference is I don't get a salary. The risk/investment is all mines.
Actors should receive compensation for being famous. So I agree that actors should receive residuals. But writers? No.
PS. Did you know that while on strike, the writers are still getting residuals? Name one industry where you get paid by your employer while on strike!
PPS. Check out this special "deal" being offered to Writers Guild members:
624 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles
OFFER: The Writers Kitchen menu, available on Wednesday nights. Three-course meal including the option of either vegetarian or non-vegetarian soup; a choice of one of four entrees; and homemade ice cream. The fixed price is $18. Diners need to present one WGA card per table to be eligible.
When I was on strike, I barely had enough for store brand groceries. These guys and galls have enough money to dine out!?