So, yesterday’s post might have seemed a tad flip. Let me make one thing clear.
I am in complete support of the writers on this. Their demands are not absurd and extravagant, rather they are quite reasonable. Some have taken this as yet just another opportunity to mock Hollywood. Those people are not actually offering anything productive of course, aside from self righteous bias. Most Hollywood writers are not living the high life. In fact, many do not make more than a garbage man. Seriously, most are well under $100,000 a year.
So, this is not about greedy millionaires asking for even more cash. These are people trying to provide for their families, keep a roof over their heads and food in their bellies. Just like the rest of us. They got screwed at the advent ofhome video, being asked to take a smaller amount while the studios “perfected” the market. Here we are on the cusp of Hi Def video discs-and the studios have never corrected this. Which is easy to justify, really. Media is in a constant state of “perfecting” their market.
So the studios never have to give the writers their dues. Instead of .04 cents per DVD sold, the writers are asking for .08 cents. And with new media-such as internet downloads? They are requesting about 2.54% of the sale go to the writer. The studios are arguing the internet is only good for promotion, but then, what have they got to lose? If they are not making any money off of internet downloads? Welllll…lets do some math…what is 2.54 of $0.00?
Brian K. Vaughan has some commentary as well, touching also on his future status (as a writer of Lost as well as writer of Comics) and how this might all impact comics. If I was still in L.A., I’d pay a visit to the picket lines to show my support. In the meantime? I am giving my virtual thumbs up.
UPDATE: Turns out the WGA dropped the request for the increase of .04 cents. So, lets be clear here. In an effort to avoid a strike, they dropped a completely reasonable demand. And the AMPTP still refused to budge at all.