Today is the final day of WGA strike picketing for 2007, but the week is busy.
On Tuesday, the WGA has scheduled a bicoastal, street-theateresque “Scene of the Crime” rally for 10 am PST. In Los Angeles, it will take place in front of the AMPTP at 15503 Ventura Blvd. in Encino; in New York, it will be in downtown’s Foley Square. According to the WGA, writers and stars of more than 35 current and past crime/cop/law shows are expected to attend.
“The AMPTP and six co-conspirators have been indicted for trying to steal the Internet and misappropriate the future of writers,” the event’s promo reads. “A reading of the Bill of Indictment will take place and the AMPTP and its accomplices will then be encouraged to seek a plea bargain. At which point appropriate chanting (“A-M-P-T-P, COP A PLEA!”) will take place. An attempt will be made to wrap Crime Scene Tape completely around the building.”
On Wednesday, the WGA’s asking members to come to downtown at 7:30 am for a hearing on the strike’s economic impact at Los Angeles City Hall. WGA West president Patric Verrone, WGA West exec director David Young and WGA negotiating committee chief John Bowman will appear before the Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee of the Los Angeles City Council, which will conduct the hearing.
Back on the picket lines, many of today’s picketers wore Santa hats while the guild’s strike captains raffled off parting gifts such as DVDs.
“Doing this every day has been a bit sad but also very uplifting because of the unity among writers,” said WGA West board member Nancy De Los Santos in front of the Paramount Windsor gate, where two dozen picketers marched mid-morning Monday.
Pickets will return to Los Angeles studio lots Jan. 7 — assuming there’s no deal by then.
— Dave McNary