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Posts Tagged ‘Craig Mazin’

WGA 08 Strike

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Ray Bradbury pickets FOX.

In an amusing twist on the WGA strike theme, Craig Mazin reports:

WGAE Executive Director Mona Mangan has somehow managed to enrage her own employees so much…they’re now threatening to go on strike

This is the woman who has had CBS newswriters working without a contract for years now.

John Ridley goes fi-core, and someone notices. Since the WGA doesn’t have the most diverse membership possible, you’d think they might have tried a little harder to make the guy feel wanted.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert might have some ‘splaining to do. (A catch-phrase for which no writer received any residuals, let it be noted.)

Jonathan Tasini calls for the heads of academics who crossed the picket line to show up on The Daily Show. He’s still waiting for his call.

The strike could result in a big pay day for Canadian content providers. Re-run of Entourage or Curling ?

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Craig Mazin Apologizes for Not Shutting Up

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Craig Mazin seems to think that Claudia Eller screwed him over in the LA Times:

When I spoke to Claudia Eller, her intent was to do an article alleging a possible growing splinter movement within the Guild.

Soooo…while I have no problem reiterating my essential thesis, which is that New Media is the only thing that matters right now and our union should drop its valueless bargaining chips in order to get to the meat of the issue, I insisted to Claudia that she also print my larger point, which was that this was no time for splinter groups in our union.

She promised to do that.

She didn’t.

Here’s the LAT piece, if you missed it. And the offending statements–really short:

Writer Craig Mazin, a former board member and frequent critic of union leaders, called some of the additional demands, such as jurisdiction over feature animation and reality TV, misguided and not achievable.

“New media is the only thing that matters,” Mazin said, who also has been sharply critical of the studios’ proposals. “It’s what the leadership went on strike for.”

Mazin needs to cheer up. He got nearly 150 comments, which is about 50x great than the number of readers of Eller’s piece.

WGA 07 Strike Week 5 Name Dropping

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Quick! Call the people who make Glade and tell them you won’t buy their stinky product til the writers win.

United Hollywood has the latest response to the AMPTP proposal.

AMPTP finally hires a PR firm.They’re going to need more than air freshener.

John August, Craig Mazin, Jane Espenson, and Josh Friedman pulled the 8-11 a.m. shift at Warner Bros., gate 2/3.

Ken Levine is picketing at CBS Radford.

Alessandra Stanley notices that talk shows aren’t as timely, in her own tardy fashion.

Rachel Sklar stirs the passions of those who admire Ayn Rand.

WGA 07 Strike Week 3: Coming Attractions

Fun as this is, think they cleared the music? Written by Danny Zuker and Tim Kelleher, who also directed.

Craig Mazin tries to separate the noise from the news. The commenters are more restrained than previously, and are posting about the Teamsters who’re crossing the picket lines. FBLA’s next door neighbor is a grip, who’s mighty glad to be on location, he says. But our designer pal, whose show went dark, says his crew is pissed off.

John August has a cute anecdote about seeing Peter Roth in Mozza, which sort of undercuts the whole “Writers–they’re just like us!” meme. In a similar vein, Campanile will open a Writer’s Soup Kitchen on Wed. with a $18 prix fixe dinner menu, which is cold comfort to assistants who don’t have union cards or jobs or a spare $20. The nicely brought-up writer will take a whole group of unemployed to dinner.

Ken Levine takes a brisk turn around holiday movies. Fred Claus is gonna tank:

ELF it’s not. ALF it’s not.

People really hate Vince Vaughn, don’t they?

Tomorrow is the big multi-union march down Hollywood Blvd, so wear red, and show up at 1 PM at the corner of Ivar Ave and Hollywood Blvd.

When Writers Turn on Each Other & It Happened At Spongebob

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Craig Mazin, aka The Artful Writer, is getting pummeled on his on blog by Patrick Meighan, a Family Guy writer who thinks Mazin should walk off the set of the film he’s directing. Writer-directors have two union contracts to honor, writer-producers only one.

Family Guy, incidently, is one of the few animated series with a WGA contract. Micah Wright’s post on Writer Action explains in great detail what happened when Nichelodeon writers tried to go union:

I came to this guild having had a “successful” career writing Animation for $1400/week for five years. During that time, I wrote on several of Nickelodeon’s highest-rated shows. My writing partner wrote and directed 1/4 of the episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants and I was responsible for 1/5 of the episodes of The Angry Beavers. The current value that those shows have generated for Viacom? $12 Billion dollars. My writing partner topped out at $2100/week. In the year 2001, tired of not receiving residuals for my endlessly- repeating work (even though the actors and composers for my episodes do), I joined with 28 other writers and we signed our WGA cards.

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CW Orders More Scripts/Is WGA Voting for Strike?

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While Gossip Girl is the only new series to get a reorder, the CW isn’t taking any chances– Cane, Bionic Woman, Chuck, Life and Journeyman all have ordered additional scripts. If there’s a writers strike at the end of this month, viewers won’t suffer–or they’ll suffer more, depending on your take on those shows.

And will there be a strike? The Wall Street Journal featured The Artful Writer as the must-see site for those who want to know which way the wind is blowing. And that includes WGA leadership.

Craig Mazin writes that things are getting worse, and that he’s learning towards a “yes” vote for strike authorization.

Earlier:
WGA Members to NYT Writer Brook Barnes: Wise Up!