Stars show support for writers

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If television and film studios were hoping that big-name personalities were staying out of the much-talked-about Writers Guild of America strike, they were very wrong. On day one of the strike, some familiar names are out marching the picket lines and standing up for their own beliefs.

In New York City, 30 Rock's Tina Fey told The Hollywood Reporter that she will continue to work on her show as an actress and producer, but won't be serving her duty as one of the show's writers.

"NBC is breaking away from iTunes," she said, referring to one of the strike's points of contention: that writers should be included in profits from online distribution. Studios claim that it's too early to tell how the money earned from shows streamed online and individually sold episodes should be divvied up, if at all, but Fey thinks otherwise. "They know what they're doing with new media."

Other stars reported to have walked the picket line are Saturday Night Live's Amy Poehler in New York City, Simpsons producer James L. Brooks outside the Fox lot in Los Angeles, William Baldwin outside of Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, and Jay Leno, who brought donuts to picketers in Burbank.

Leno, whose Tonight Show with Jay Leno is going dark with its writers on strike, told The Los Angeles Times, "Without [the writers] I'm not funny. I'm a dead man without them. There are a lot of misconceptions about how much these people make. Most of them are not highly paid. Some are, but the average make about 30 grand a year. I'm out here to support the writers. I'm on the writers' side."

As for the writers themselves, they're prepared to make the strike last as long as it takes. "I have a feeling it will be one long one," Notes From the Underbelly writer Russ Woody told the Times. "We learned a lesson from [the 1988 strike]. We let some things go that we shouldn't have."

While Jay Leno is keeping writers going with donuts, another late-night talk-show host is reportedly giving his writers good old-fashioned dough. Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, is rumored to be paying the salaries of all his production company's employees (not just writers) while The Daily Show and The Colbert Report both halt production. Stewart has allegedly agreed to pay his staff, through his own Busboy Productions, for two weeks while both shows are off the air due to the strike.

For more on the writers strike, check out TV.com's Strike Source, featuring up-to-date statuses on shows, the latest information, and more.

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Nov 08, 2007
8 cents per DVD.......that's all they're asking for.
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Nov 07, 2007
Im supporting the writters by not watching regular TV. Although since I am a public employee I can not strike so I am with them. This watching inculdes any of the new reality tv which sucks anyway.
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Nov 07, 2007
good job writer i believe they always work out some lovely tv lol recently i read novel script on http://herpesmates.com
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Nov 06, 2007
We need the writers to have the TV we love. They need to be paid fairly and adequately to make the TV we love. Go Writers!
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Nov 06, 2007
So mad at the studios... it can't be that hard to give the people who make the shows that make them money enough money to live on. After the 1988 $0.03 of VHS thing... they really should know they couldn't get away with "we don't know what the market will be like" excuse again. Fool me once...
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Nov 06, 2007
Go writers they don't get as much credit or money as they deserve
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Nov 06, 2007
Completely on the writers side. They deserve their share and good for them for not taking no for an answer.
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Nov 06, 2007
I fully support the writers - although it will suck not having any decent TV once the first run episodes finish. Looks like I will be hitting the book store soon! I really hope that the WGA can get a decent deal.
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Nov 06, 2007
I am all for the writers!!!! I hope they get everything they want and then some, without them these shows we all love would only be half as good. Actors can't live without writers and writers can't live without actors. Its half and half...and so should the money!
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Nov 06, 2007
I fully support the writer's right to strike and their right to receive a fair slice of the pie. Without the writers the producers wouldn't have any product to sell in the first place!
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Nov 06, 2007
That is even better for writers if they have actors supporting them. It helps their cause.
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Nov 06, 2007
Pssst...hey, Leno...you're really not that funny, even WITH the writers...
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Nov 06, 2007
go writers you deserve the big bucks
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Nov 06, 2007
woo hoo for them



better hope their fans stick around for when shows return too
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Nov 06, 2007
Well, at least I have NetFlix. Just another reason to avoid watching live tv... The internet is the only way to go. If it's not the PBS pledge drives, it's the cable and/or power going out, or sports preempting what I want to watch, or the ultimate... the phone call from an old friend during the last 10 minutes of whatever show I'm really into...
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Nov 06, 2007
I'd much prefer the money I pay for tv and movies to go to the people who actually write them. While we do hear of those writers who make good money, it is the majority of writers who struggle to get regular employment that need the residuals that come from things such as repeats and dvds.



If it takes the writers a year to bring the studios into line, then so be it. I'm with them.
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Nov 06, 2007
Writers should be compensated properly for their work. Without them the characters and people on the shows don't speak. Great that they are standing up for their rights. Go writers go!
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Nov 06, 2007
You gotta feel bad for the poor ol' cable providers you'll be bleeding customers like crazy during the strike... Why the heck would I be paying outrageous cable rates to watch a bunch of re-runs?

Stay strong writers! You'll get some respect one of these days.
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Nov 06, 2007
Go writers!
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