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Anorak In America: WGA Writing On The Writers’ Strike

by | 12th, November 2007

writers-strike.jpg THE Writers are striking in Los Angeles. Anorak’s Man in LA, Tabloid Baby, notes the goings on: 

Barry Levinson was quoted about the Writers Strike:

“It used to make more sense when the writers and all the guilds negotiated with studio and TV people; Paley owned CBS, Sarnoff owned NBC, and you had studio heads like Jack Warner and Zanuck. Now you’ve got writers who are negotiating with giant corporations, and there’s a whole other sensibility. NBC is part of General Electric, and General Electric has enough contempt for its entertainment division even without a strike.

Writers are like little gnats to them. So this is a whole other game, a bit like a small little guy against these behemoths. Not anything close to what it used to be in the past. GE looks at all its people and all its assets and asks, If we’re struck for seven months, what does it mean in terms of the bottom line? It’s probably like a minor dent in their portfolio.”

It was an aha, “light bulb” moment for a lot of people, but here at Tabloid Baby , the light bulb moment occurred in 1987. And it was the last GE light bulb we’d buy.

It was twenty years ago and three weeks ago that we writers and other members of NABET, the National Associaton of Broadcast Engineers and Technicians, ended a long and bitter stiker against NBC.

NBC had been acquired the year before by General Electric, the multinational conglomerate and fourth-largest corporate producer of air pollution in the United States, best known for its divisions that made lightbulbs, washing machines, refrigerators and nuclear weapons. Key to getting the new era underway was forcing NABET, then known as “the Cadillac of unions” into the car compactor.

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