The Writers Guild of America strike that began on Monday is already causing a lot of pain on both sides of the TV screen.

Whether you’re a "Grey’s Anatomy" fan leery of Dr. McReruns or a "Colbert Report" devotee already suffering from an extra half-hour of sleep, it behooves you to be in the know.

The United Hollywood blog provides a smart, subdued, and sometimes hilarious view of the writers’ side of the strike. While Jamie Lee Curtis and other supporters expressed early disdain for the writers’ (the writers!) slogans, the wordsmiths have redeemed themselves here and better explained their cause. The site serves as a one-stop WGA shop, with frequent news updates and extensive video links, featuring the stars/scribes of "The Office," the show runners of "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives," and a short, easy-to-digest explanation of the issues, Capra-esquely called Why We Fight.

Clicking around unitedhollywood.com will keep you up-to-date about strike developments and informed about the heroic "other" careers undertaken by some of your favorite out-of-work screenwriters.


The 2007 Writers Guild of America strike is a strike by both the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, west (WGAw) that started on November 5 2007. The WGAE and WGAw are two labor unions that represent film, television, radio, and new media writers working in the United States.

The strike is against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), a trade organization that represents the interests of American film and television producers. Over 12,000 writers are affected by the strike.

The strike is expected to be prolonged. The Writers Guild has indicated their industrial action would be a "marathon." AMPTP negotiator Nick Counter has indicated that negotiations would not resume as long as strike action continues, stating, "We’re not going to negotiate with a gun to our heads—that’s just stupid."

The last such strike was the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike; it lasted 22 weeks, costing the American entertainment industry an estimated 500 million dollars.


Posted on November 12, 2007, in Entertainment and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Are we even going to have a season of TV should this strike continue?  I think their reasons for striking are valid, seeing as how the writers wish to be compensated appropriately for the different venues that their work appears on (TV, Online, etc.).

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