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Old 12-09-2007, 06:38 PM
 
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I had been complaining that Jay Leno shows have been reruns ever since the strike began (because I'm a big Leno fan), but then today I read that NBC fired all Tonight Show staffers due to the strike. This is very shocking and sad to me. Has the strike affected you or anyone you know, as an employee of the industry?

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Old 12-10-2007, 12:52 AM
 
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OMG, has it ever. My mom is a writer for some fashion and movie magazines. With not much like that going on, she hasn't been able to write much. So, her business isn't doing well. But, we thought, "Oh, well my dad still has a job, so we'll be okay until the strike is over." Wrong! My dad got fired for no reason at all. They said he wanted too much money. I bet the just hired some Mexican to do his job for less money, even though they would do it wrong. So, he's been searching for jobs and he got hired at one place. He didn't like it so he went to another one. Two days later, he got fired from that one, we are guessing for the same reason. This is like the worst time for this to be happening-the Holiday season. I feel so bad for my parents because they keep buying me Chanukah (my mom's side) and Christmas (dad's) gifts, even though they are going through such a hard time.
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Old 12-10-2007, 02:15 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I don't know anyone who has lost their job but I do understand that alot of people have. From my understanding people who are NOT wealthy, who can't go on and on with no paycheck are being effected.

My only problem is having to watch re-runs, which when you look at how people are struggling is a small problem indeed.
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Old 12-10-2007, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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A friend of mine works at Panavision; they rent out film cameras. As you might imagine, business has slowed to a trickle. As a result, the company is enforcing mandatory time off for two weeks at the end of December. If the employee has vacation accrued, great! If not, then it's time off without pay. Times are tough all over at companies who rely on the film industry - caterers, sound studios, etc.
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Old 12-10-2007, 08:12 AM
 
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OMG, has it ever. My mom is a writer for some fashion and movie magazines. With not much like that going on, she hasn't been able to write much. So, her business isn't doing well. But, we thought, "Oh, well my dad still has a job, so we'll be okay until the strike is over." Wrong! My dad got fired for no reason at all. They said he wanted too much money. I bet the just hired some Mexican to do his job for less money, even though they would do it wrong. So, he's been searching for jobs and he got hired at one place. He didn't like it so he went to another one. Two days later, he got fired from that one, we are guessing for the same reason. This is like the worst time for this to be happening-the Holiday season. I feel so bad for my parents because they keep buying me Chanukah (my mom's side) and Christmas (dad's) gifts, even though they are going through such a hard time.
That's very unfortunate and it sucks especially when you have bills to pay. If you know your parents are having such a hard time why don't you tell them the gifts aren't necessary and that you'd rather they spend that money on bills, clothing, and food? Just a thought...
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Old 12-10-2007, 04:02 PM
 
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Thanks Jessie, Lindsey, Sandy, and Chocolate. This situation is indeed very hard. Many people have the misconception that it only affects writers who are wealthy anyway, but I think that's just a fraction of those being affected. There's a lot of writers who aren't wealthy and there are a lot of companies who depend on writers, such as all people other than writers who work on television and film. If you look at credits after a show or a movie, "writers" are only one or two people... then there's everybody else.

It is very scary, and I sure hope this resolves soon. I understand the writers have their point and valid reasons, but it shouldn't have to affect so many people too, who are not writers.
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Old 12-10-2007, 04:09 PM
 
Location: West LA
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I'm in film, and I am slated to be working on stuff til Oct. of next year thus far, and I just got a call this AM for Terminator 4 work... So, count me as blessed.

I know other people who are starving though.
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Old 12-10-2007, 04:24 PM
 
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That's very unfortunate and it sucks especially when you have bills to pay. If you know your parents are having such a hard time why don't you tell them the gifts aren't necessary and that you'd rather they spend that money on bills, clothing, and food? Just a thought...
I have, and they say, oh it's okay. Don't worry about us. You're our child and you deserve presents for the holiday season.

And, not only is it people in the entertainment industry, but places nearby such as coffee shops that people go to on breaks, caterers that no longer have anything to cater for, and things like that.
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Old 12-11-2007, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Canada
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The strike is taking its toll on the creative side of the film industry

Last edited by Candid Canuck; 12-11-2007 at 03:54 PM.. Reason: grammar
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Old 12-12-2007, 05:01 AM
 
Location: FULCI LIVES!!!(but not in Indiana)
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So will the industry start hiring non-union writers? You've heard the term "Scab" right? Just curious if it works that way in Hollywood like it does everywhere else.
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