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02 November 2007 @ 05:30 pm
A Few More Strike Related Thoughts  
As I was walking home, I was thinking about the '88 strike. Ugh! But what we have now, that we didn't have in '88 was hundreds of boutique channels. We didn't have a channel like BBC America. Now, should the strike be a prolonged one, they might be one of the few sources of new scripted TV there is. SciFi will probably have new stuff as well, at least in the B movie department. Which led me to wondering: will we see the big networks buying rights to air shows from the UK or Canada? And what about US shows that are made in Canada? I wonder what the small print on different contracts is as far as those productions being able to hire Canadian writers? And last, but not least, if this is a long strike, and goes as long as the '88 one, we could conceivably see the writers come back only to have the actors walk out in June. Dang!

An Hour Later: According to Deadline Hollywood, a Federal mediator has intervened.
 
 
 
Boji: Bus zoomboji on November 3rd, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
On the one hand this is great for BBC America - on the other, with the corporation being hatcheted up by Government for over-reaching it's public service remit *sigh* not so much...
Ithithildyn on November 3rd, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
UK telly has always been popular here, but until the advent of BBCA, we usually could only see it on PBS stations. Except when I was little and shows like the Avengers and the Saint played on 'regular' TV. Apparently shows like Footballers Wives and Hotel Babylon have done quite well on BBCA. Not my cup of tea, I'm afraid [g] But I have/do watch the F Word, Torchwood, HEX, and a few other things on BBCA. I'd love to see more. Like most cable channels, they tend to repeat the same things over and over. I'd love to see something like Holby City air here.
Boji: Bus zoomboji on November 3rd, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
TW being my main fandom. I do love Spooks though (you get it as Mi5 I believe?) but I'm more about drama - such as the Poliakoff that will air Sunday - rather than soaps such as Holby. Mind you they do use actors who look like regular people on UK telly and that must be a shock on the other side of the pond.

All US tv shows have people who look as if they live work and play at the gym.
Ith: Art - Haida Maskithildyn on November 3rd, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
Yes, I loved Spooks/MI5! But they chopped out ten-fifteen minutes an ep here, so I gave up and waited for DVDs. I have S1, just haven't watched them yet. I like dramas & soaps. Well, some soaps :) I watch General Hospital here, and have for twenty years. My mum used to watch it when I was a baby. That's kind of cool, the long term of it all.
Boji: Coffee Slutboji on November 3rd, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
As a viewer I think it would be terrible to lose my shows (for Heroes to air a fast ending to a short season) but I can't imagine the mediator won't err on the side of the studio and I'm hoping that the writers stick to their guns.

It really is a long term issue - in my mind - n terms of how they are rewarded for their work in perpetuity.
Ith: Forever Knight - Familyithildyn on November 3rd, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
The mediator is there to at least get everyone in the room and talking. They can't make either side do anything it doesn't want to. I would assume the Governor put in the request for a mediator. I don't know that, I'm just guessing, but it would make sense. A lot of TV/Film production has been lost to Canada and other countries, and there's a real worry here in CA about the long term economic impact of a prolonged strike. Especially in SoCal.
Boji: Coffee Slutboji on November 3rd, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
there's a real worry here in CA about the long term economic impact of a prolonged strike. Especially in SoCal.

That makes perfect sense and is really, really understandable. If people aren't working/earning they aren't spending. BUT there is a drive from corporations to own product in perpetuity. Simon & Schuster tried to do this to their back catalog earlier this year and the authors guild went nuts, certain contracts with the BBC are so drafted. And so it's the creative talent behind camera that gets shafted *sigh* I really wish we didn't live in an age of golden parachutes (that's a nod to the departing head of Merril Lynch and his wacking huge retirement bonus) and where the rewards for good work were more even.

I'm paraphriasing various blogs I lurked on last night - it seems that the mediator was called into town three weeks or so ago... either meetings didn't happen or... well there is some rumour circulating over rows about chairs and seating but that might have been a whole other instance.

There's an interesting article about Canadian TV production which will come up if you google. I think Canada and the UK may actually benefit - medium term - if the strike holds.
pat: Peter Methos!?pat_t on November 3rd, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
Do you think the mediator will help? Quite frankly, I don't blame the writers one little bit. Yet, I can't seem to really care one way or the other either. *shrugs* Maybe if I were actively interested in a show that was being affected, but I'm not.
Ithithildyn on November 3rd, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
The mediator can at least try and get everyone in the same room. Can't hurt.

I was thinking Peter's one of the lucky ones. He can take work in Canada and the UK if production is shut down for months. But it's not just actors, but all the technical people, makeup artists, the people that work in the offices, the people who clean, all those people will be jobless. That's mostly why I hope this is resolved quickly. Though new TV is nice too :)