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WGA 07 Strike Week 2 : Authorship

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Get Back in That Room lists those who’ve lost their jobs due to the strike.

Slate’s Jack Shafer thinks the press is all soft on the writers. And there’s too many stories, too, which must mean that the LA Times is finally doing some local coverage.

Strike Swag. Can’t be a real writer without a collection of swag.

Robbie Baitz is right, but does he have to sound so sappy? He’s sickened, he’s soulful, he’s scripted.

Masterpiece Theatre returns on PBS with The Complete Jane Austen, none written by American writers.

Fox’s Bill McCuddy thinks he’s so cute. Scab once, scab forever.

Neal Pollack is certainly using the strike to his advantage, if not his child’s.

IATSE honcho Tom Short pens a sternly-worded letter to Patric Verrone.

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WGA Strike News Updates

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Nikki Finke has opened her column up to reader comments about the WGA strike. Who knew she was so popular in Argentina? Finke’s coverage is far and away the most comprehensive, too.

KCET has already assured that the station’s prizewinning A Place of Our Own will start in January, strike or no strike, by committing to abide by whatever resolution the WGA accepts. Why don’t more networks chose to do this? (That’s not a rhetorical question–email us if you can explain this.)

The Guild is prepared to fight to the death for a bigger share of DVD/internet residuals, but the bonus materials included on most DVDs aren’t under WGA jurisdiction, which is odd.

IATSE members have been reminded of their contracts, just in case any of them were thinking of supporting the WGA, but the Teamsters get to choose. Of course, last time the Teamsters struck, writers crossed those picket lines in droves, but a Teamster strike is a fearful thing in show biz land.

But Vince Vaughn isn’t much of a pal, according to Ken Levine:

And thank you to actors like Vince Vaughn, who since he isn’t in the WGA finds nothing morally wrong with agreeing to polish scripts during a strike. The fact that we go out on strike to craft a deal that will be the template for the SAG deal so HE won’t have to go out on strike apparently means nothing to him.