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Striking Out: Are the Oscars Next? (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 12, 2008 | NICK TIMIRAOS

Posted on 01/12/2008 3:31:01 AM PST by abb

The Hollywood writers' strike claimed its biggest casualty this past week when the threat of picket lines forced NBC to pare back the annual Golden Globes awards ceremony.

The network will air an hour-long news conference Sunday night instead of the star-studded, hours-long dinner event that drew 20 million viewers last year.

The upending of the awards season comes as more television shows air their remaining first-run episodes produced before the strike began on Nov. 5. Popular entertainers such as Jay Leno, meanwhile, have faced criticism for crossing picket lines and returning to work earlier this month after showing reruns for weeks.

Here's a closer look:

Why are writers striking? The Writers Guild of America, which represents 12,000 screenwriters, went on strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers last fall after their three-year studio contract expired. At stake: how the studios compensate writers for work distributed over the Internet.

Writers are demanding a uniform 2.5% of revenue for recycled or original work that appears online, an increase from current rates that vary depending on viewership. Studio owners want to apply the residual formula currently used for home videos to digital media.

But that doesn't sit well with the writers. Their 1985 contract established the current residual model for then-fledgling home-video sales -- 0.3% of the first $1 million of revenue and 0.36% on each unit sold after that, which amounts to less than five cents for a $20 disc -- shortly before the home-video market exploded. DVDs generated $23.4 billion in sales last year, compared with $9.6 billion in box-office returns.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: academyawards; dbm; hollywood; movies; oscars; unions; wga
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1 posted on 01/12/2008 3:31:07 AM PST by abb
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; ...

ping


2 posted on 01/12/2008 3:31:35 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: abb
Popular entertainers such as Jay Leno, meanwhile, have faced criticism for crossing picket lines and returning to work earlier this month after showing reruns for weeks.

Leno always struck me as someone who was nice to the working guy but only when it was convenient for himself. He tries to come off as just folks, but he's just as hungry for the fame and money as any of them. I guess he was starving and needed to pay some bills.

3 posted on 01/12/2008 3:42:21 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life atheist who will vote Fred in the primary, Republican in November)
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To: Darkwolf377

It’s interesting when FReepers side with union labor over capitalism.

I’m just jabbing at you, and raising the point that things aren’t black and white. Leno went back into production, but he didn’t hire scab writers — he’s writing his own monologues, dropping the sketches, and filling out the show with interviews and musical acts. So I’d bet even WGA members are a bit ambivalent.

The longer Leno stays off the air, the more folks form other habits. Once Jon Stewart went back on the air, Leno had to. Because if Leno’s fans went over to the Daily Show, he couldn’t get them back when the strike ends. We know Leno as a host, but he’s also a producer — his show is a business, and he’s got to look out for it.


4 posted on 01/12/2008 3:51:41 AM PST by ReignOfError
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To: ReignOfError; Darkwolf377

>It’s interesting when FReepers side with union labor over capitalism.

Isn’t it? Jay is one of us. He is a right of center republican who openly supports the conservative agenda, and that in the middle of the most virilent anti American leastist kooks on the planet.

Union strike? I hope they all curl up and die.


5 posted on 01/12/2008 4:02:17 AM PST by bill1952 (The right to buy weapons is the right to be free)
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To: bill1952

What planet are you on? Or what are you smoking?

Jay is actually a very liberal democrat who’s wife is a very far left feminist, abortion rights supporter.

He ain’t no Republican.


6 posted on 01/12/2008 4:05:08 AM PST by watsonfellow
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To: watsonfellow

Last I heard he was a registered pub. If he has changed that is too bad for us.

his wife is another matter. Thanks.


7 posted on 01/12/2008 4:16:59 AM PST by bill1952 (The right to buy weapons is the right to be free)
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To: abb

On a normal basis, I wouldn’t care at all about this. This year was my year for movies. What can I say?

I just want to see the “Hairspray” cast perform “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” I’m not asking a lot.


8 posted on 01/12/2008 4:31:48 AM PST by netmilsmom (Financing James Marsden's kid's college fund, 1 ticket, 1 DVD at a time.)
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To: netmilsmom

It will probably be on youtube before long if not already.


9 posted on 01/12/2008 4:36:16 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: abb

The most surprising thing about this writers strike for me was finding out how many of these lame productions had actual writers. No wonder they unionized, no one would pay these hacks as individuals.


10 posted on 01/12/2008 4:40:01 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: abb

the media, they are not dead yet, dummy!

they’re going to help elect a democrap u.s. congress and el presidente in 2008.

si.


11 posted on 01/12/2008 4:42:33 AM PST by ken21 ( people die + you never hear from them again.)
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To: bill1952

By their works shall ye know them.

W can speculate on his party registration, but the vote is private. Besides which it doesn’t matter. If we are going to conclude what he believes, the best way is to observe what he does, And in this case, what he says, because In Leno’s case what he does for a living is talk.


12 posted on 01/12/2008 4:43:22 AM PST by ReignOfError
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To: Darkwolf377
Leno always struck me as someone who was nice to the working guy but only when it was convenient for himself.
as this strike continues, time will prove that most of the hollywood ilk are like this.
13 posted on 01/12/2008 4:46:36 AM PST by a real Sheila (Have you hugged your "furry best friend" today?)
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To: ReignOfError
It's interesting when FReepers side with union labor over capitalism.

Lenin said that the capitalists would sell the rope that would hang them. Hollywood's capitalists are a classic example of the breed.

Most Freepers want the Union to break the industry...and therefore the Union in a twofer...so that the entire gang of Quislings will find the only audience for their leftist propaganda are homeless people defecating on street corners.

(Writers call that defecation thing "symbolism". :-) )
14 posted on 01/12/2008 4:46:53 AM PST by cgbg (Election 2008: A Long Ride On A Hillarinobama Short Bus.)
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To: ReignOfError

I do side with union labor, but it’s not “over capitalism”. There’s nothing anti-capitalistic about those providing labor banding together. No one ever calls it anti-capitalistic when corporations do the same thing.


15 posted on 01/12/2008 4:48:37 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life atheist who will vote Fred in the primary, Republican in November)
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To: bill1952
He is a right of center republican who openly supports the conservative agenda,

This is news to me.

16 posted on 01/12/2008 4:49:22 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life atheist who will vote Fred in the primary, Republican in November)
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To: abb

Not live.

Oh well, we can’t always get what we want, can we? I’ll just watch the movie again.


17 posted on 01/12/2008 4:57:42 AM PST by netmilsmom (Financing James Marsden's kid's college fund, 1 ticket, 1 DVD at a time.)
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To: Darkwolf377

........No one ever calls it anti-capitalistic when corporations do the same thing........

Actually, corporations are prevented from banding together to set prices of thier products like the unions do


18 posted on 01/12/2008 5:01:17 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Moveon is not us...... Moveon is the enemy)
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To: ken21

I’ll thank you not to refer to me as ‘dummy.’


19 posted on 01/12/2008 5:14:43 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: Darkwolf377

“I guess he was starving and needed to pay some bills”

Are you saying Jay is incapable of writing for himself? or shouldn’t?


20 posted on 01/12/2008 5:21:19 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: abb

you’re welcome!

btw, your “dinosaur media”

helped elect a democrap u.s. congress in 2006.

they’re not dead yet!


21 posted on 01/12/2008 5:26:29 AM PST by ken21 ( people die + you never hear from them again.)
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To: ken21

I never said they were dead. But they are dying.


22 posted on 01/12/2008 5:37:33 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: abb

Embarassing that 20 million people would watch that crap. Really pathetic.


23 posted on 01/12/2008 5:37:41 AM PST by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: ItisaReligionofPeace
Embarassing that 20 million people would watch that crap. Really pathetic.

I have to plead guilty to having watched in the past. But now there are so many other choices (like reading posts on Free Republic) that TV in general is pathetic. If it came down to choosing my computer or my TV, the TV would go in a heartbeat.

24 posted on 01/12/2008 5:40:41 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: netmilsmom

What sucks about the strike taking the awards shows off the air is that they’re a huge piece of the starmaking machinery, and people like Nikki Blonksy arent getting that this year because without the shows, there’s none of the PR build-up to the shows that help turn them into bankable stars.

Um, as soon as TV comes back, audiences will too. It dosent matter how long the strike goes on. Americans watch more television with each passing year, not less. The only shift has been in viewing habits, with the proliferation of specialty cable channels splintering audiences. It’s one of the reasons the WGA is now 12,000 members strong, there’s more work than ever for writers now that it isnt just 3 networks needing 30 programs a year, it’s 3 networks and hundreds of cablers needing a few thousand programs a year.


25 posted on 01/12/2008 5:54:00 AM PST by skipper18 (Fred or Bust)
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To: Darkwolf377
do side with union labor, but it’s not “over capitalism”. There’s nothing anti-capitalistic about those providing labor banding together. No one ever calls it anti-capitalistic when corporations do the same thing.

I'm with you on this. Many FReepers aren't. You don't have to look far to find an argument that unions are deleterious to capitalism.

I take the position that opposing forces must balance each other, Laissez-faire vs. regulation. Free trade vs. fair trade. Capital vs. labor. Liberty vs. security. A constant state of dynamic tension. An argument carried out all day, every day.

The bad things come when either side is unopposed. The Nazis united corporations and government The Communists subjugated corporations to government. The capitalists, in the era of child labor in the mills, subjugated government to the corporations.

The only solution is a balance of forces, yin and yang, capital and labor, north and south, east and west. There is no finish line, no utopia where one side wins over the other and everything becomes peaches and cream. Marx was wrong. There is a permanent balance of forces, re-negotiated every day.

I have a deep and abiding distrust for anyone who has a finish line of history; ain't no such a thing. We flawed, crude and clumsy creatures can never reach a state of permanent perfection. The most we can hope for is balance. In our domestic politics, in international affairs, in our own personal lives.

26 posted on 01/12/2008 6:05:01 AM PST by ReignOfError
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To: skipper18

Thank YOU so much!

I watched an interview with Amanda Bynes. She was so disappointed not to be doing the People’s Choice Awards. Yes, she is a kid star in her own right but no one knew she could sing and so here we are.

I feel really bad that the shows are cancelled. The Media will go on, just like you said. Only this year no exposure for those who actually put out a decent product.


27 posted on 01/12/2008 6:11:36 AM PST by netmilsmom (Financing James Marsden's kid's college fund, 1 ticket, 1 DVD at a time.)
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To: abb

Well, at least you’ve changed your wicked ways! :)


28 posted on 01/12/2008 6:14:10 AM PST by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: ReignOfError

That was everything I ever wanted to say about politics in general, in approximately 2 million less words that I’d need to do it.

Thx.


29 posted on 01/12/2008 6:23:46 AM PST by skipper18 (Fred or Bust)
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To: abb

Given the frightening display of non-talent on the part of the “writers” for the past dozen years or so, I’d like to see the studios fire them all. Maybe they could hire a grammar school class, and up the quality of the scripts a little.

Actually, I’d rather see the strike continue on forever.


30 posted on 01/12/2008 6:25:19 AM PST by Pravious
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To: abb

Boo hoo hoo. The Hollyweird liberal slime balls won’t be able to have their “pat each other on the back and talk bad about how bad America is and hate America celebration” if they cancel the worthless, who gives a rat’s butt, Oscars show. I have not seen that show in 30 plus years. I don’t care, never did care, and will not care in the future. All these award shows, and they just keep creating them, are nothing more than pat themselves on the back and see how great and wonderful I am programs. Nothing more.


31 posted on 01/12/2008 6:26:46 AM PST by RetiredArmy (Better prepare, come Nov 08, we have a Marxist Commissar President and Marxist Congress.)
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To: bill1952

“Jay is one of us. He is a right of center republican who openly supports the conservative agenda”

I’d like the see the evidence for that.


32 posted on 01/12/2008 6:43:28 AM PST by Poison Pill
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To: Darkwolf377

“Leno always struck me as someone who was nice to the working guy but only when it was convenient for himself. He tries to come off as just folks, but he’s just as hungry for the fame and money as any of them. I guess he was starving and needed to pay some bills.”

Leno doesn’t owe his workers a damn thing other than to pay them for the hours they have worked. Likewise, they are free to strike if they don’t like their pay. My problem with unions is when they force workers to join. If unions would respect the right of free assembly I would support them in pursuing their best interests the same way business owners do. If I were Leno I would want to turn the cash spigot back on too, ASAFP.


33 posted on 01/12/2008 7:00:23 AM PST by Poison Pill
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To: Poison Pill; bill1952

I just stumbled into this thread.

My wife was watching his monolog last night and told me that he said he was glad the golden globes were canceled. He didn’t want to have pin head actresses to interview, who played someone with aids, or who was gay, and was written by people who hate America.

Sounded like he wasn’t towing the FAG (Film Actors Guild) line.

p.s. if you haven’t seen Team America, FAG came from that.


34 posted on 01/12/2008 7:03:51 AM PST by Gvl_M3 (Sometimes, you have to stand up for yourself, even if it doesn't look "Compassionate.")
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To: Gvl_M3
I don’t know what people are showing as evidence that he is not a republican anymore.

Why do people think arnuld announced on Leno?
Because Leno was a raving moonbat dem like say, Rosie?

Arnuld could have announced on multiple liberal trash programs such as “The View.” - Or any of the alphabet network news.

35 posted on 01/12/2008 8:40:11 AM PST by bill1952 (The right to buy weapons is the right to be free)
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To: skipper18
Americans watch more television with each passing year, not less.

Can you please post your data that shows this? My data indicates otherwise.

IBM Consumer Survey Shows Decline of TV as Primary Media Device

Nielsen Finds Drop In TV Usage Is Real

36 posted on 01/12/2008 10:06:41 AM PST by Milhous (Gn 22:17 your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies)
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To: abb
...picket lines forced NBC to pare back the annual Golden Globes awards ceremony.

If the strike lasts long enough, there will no need to have a ceremony next year either - eh?

37 posted on 01/12/2008 1:38:32 PM PST by Libloather (Hillary donors find their way to the cover of Time. And the very next day they're doing it...)
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To: abb

Oh, I hope so! The Oscars used to be enjoyable until it turned into a political pukefest. I don’t watch anymore.


38 posted on 01/12/2008 2:00:54 PM PST by Tall_Texan (No Third Term For Bill Clinton!)
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To: RetiredArmy

It’s all about narcissism and self-worship.


39 posted on 10/17/2009 7:03:08 AM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: myknowledge

We can only hope this worthless liberal butt kissing show goes down the drain also.


40 posted on 10/17/2009 12:35:12 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (Got Questions? Need Answers? LOOK TO THE CROSS! You will find them there.)
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