Here at TV Bacon, we have friends who work below-the-line jobs in the television industry, and we are very worried about them. We buy DVDs and pay for cable rather than downloading content from “suspect” sources because we respect the fact that organizations fronting the risk on creative content need to make a profit to stay alive. We will miss the shows that won’t–and might never–be made (bacon is good without TV, but better with it).
All of that having been said, our position on the Writers’ Guild strike comes down to this:
Workers deserve fair compensation for the work they do. The system suggested by the AMPTP proposals does not meet the standards of what we consider fair compensation. So TV Bacon supports the WGA and their strike. Period.
We know these things are complicated–how do you assess profits in an era of vertical integration? What about showrunners?–but the bottom line is that writing is hard, financially risky work, and workers should be paid for the things they produce. We’re not expecting corporations to elect Joss Whedon King Potentate of All He Surveys or to gold-plate Aaron Sorkin or to canonize Tom Fontana. We just expect them to pay those guys and their ink-stained brothers and sisters for the things those writers produce. Using content like the webisodes created for Battlestar Galactica or The Office without paying the people who make them is wrong. Fair compensation for work is right. Collective bargaining to achieve fair compensation is neither greedy nor ignoble. We support the WGA.