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Posts Tagged ‘Patrick Meighan’

FOX Employee Tells of Police Brutality at the ‘Peaceful’ Occupy LA Raid

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has lauded the raid of the Occupy LA encampment as “peaceful and orderly” and praised the LAPD for their professionalism and restraint. But in an open letter to the Culver City Crossroads tells a very different story.

Patrick Meighan, a writer for the FOX series Family Guy, was one of 292 Occupy LA protesters arrested in front of City Hall during last week’s raid. And according to his account, excessive force was used on protesters, himself included:

I… informed the LAPD officers that I would go peacefully and cooperatively. I stood as instructed, and then I had my arms wrenched behind my back, and an officer hyperextended my wrists into my inner arms. It was super violent, it hurt really really bad, and he was doing it on purpose. When I involuntarily recoiled from the pain, the LAPD officer threw me face-first to the pavement. He had my hands behind my back, so I landed right on my face.

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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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