He kind of wonders if it’s due to writers strike animosity, but I don’t think so. Times are changing since I was starting out 20 years ago. Creative people have been replaced by business people. Networks aren’t run by storytellers, they’re run by corporations. It’s not as fun as it once was, that’s for sure.
“The average Atlanta resident with a job drives 66 miles every day. In fact, people here drive so much that if you added up every commute and every trip to a store or soccer practice on just one day, you’d get a number that’s larger than the distance between the Earth and the sun.”—Life in the ‘Burbs: Heavy Costs for Families, Climate : NPR (although I’d like to see a breakdown on those numbers. (via merlin)
What do they do to prepare for yet ANOTHER strike? Change the way they pay their writer/ producers. The hyphenates on our staff have all found their payment schedules are different this season than they have been before: the Studio is holding money back, deferring more money than usual until July… so that, if there’s a strike, they “won’t have overpaid us.”
This is not good news for those of us interested in continuing to work past June: AFTRA’S going to bargain separately from SAG. A couple of weeks ago it seemed the differences had been smoothed over between AFTRA and the much larger SAG, but the smaller union’s been feeling punked all along and are using the real-or-not attempt by SAG to poach some Daytime talent as their final straw. What does this mean? AFTRA is perceived as less hard line than SAG - the larger guild, like the WGA, is currently run by a team that wants to stand up to the AMPTP and get an equitable deal for once. So now we’ve got AFTRA vs. SAG, and SAG LA vs. SAG NY. Oh, and George and Tom vs. Alan. And successful actors vs. less-successful ones. Shit.
This is fascinating: it’s EXACTLY the same article they were publishing during the run-up to the WGA strike. Just substitute Doug Allen for David Young and Alan Rosenberg for Patric Verrone. And make sure to play up the inter-guild rivalry and haves-vs.-have-nots dick measuring and you’re there!
Apple finally figured out how to deal with its Season Pass subscribers who paid for full seasons of shows but got strike-shortened orders. Credits, obviously. This article from MacWorld takes them to task for dragging their feet on this no-brainer solution.
This is pretty interesting. Not the WoW aspect, but the very concept of machinima (which, for those interested, is a portmanteau word combining machine and cinema): this entire video was shot in the game. Take a look. From NewTeeVee.