“Lost” writers: “Like putting down a ‘Harry Potter’ book in the middle”

“Lost” exec producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse joined other writers picketing in front of the Walt Disney studio’s front gate, holding up “WGA on Strike” signs and joining a few pro-union chants.

“Everybody’s a little saddened and surprised and shocked to be out here,” Lindelof said. “A lot of these people weren’t here in 1988 and don’t know what the word ‘strike’ feels like.”

Lindelof and Cuse hit the picket line at 8:30 a.m. with plans to spend several hours. The scribes said the spent much of the weekend putting the finishing touches on episode eight of “Lost,” submitting the script to the network on Friday and tweaking it over the weekend.

“We finished writing by mid-afternoon yesterday,” said Cuse, who noted the script was ready to be shot.


Lindelof and Cuse said the episode happens to include a small cliffhanger – although not enough to end a season on, should the strike progress and the show not resume production this year.

“It will feel like an incomplete season,” Lindelof said. “It will be like putting down a ‘Harry Potter’ book in the middle, at the end of a chapter.”

Will those eight remaining segs be rolled to next year – making for a 24-episode season, as opposed to 16?

“It’s just too early to say,” Cuse said. “It all depends on whether there’s a quick resolution or not.”

Meanwhile, a WGA staffer made the rounds, dropping off a bullhorn and a list of suggested chants – which the strikers (some of whom wore shirts that read, “Unfair is Unfunny”) promptly used.

“When I say ‘union,’ you say ‘power,’” one strike captain chanted. “Union” – to which the marchers responded, “Power!”

Feature film scribe Matthew Goodman stood on the curb in front of Disney, passing out yellow fliers to interested motorists highlighting the WGA’s position.

“I didn’t know I’d be here until 48 hours ago. Not surprisingly, we’ve gotten a lot of local support,” he said, as cars honked their horns.

Also joining the Disney picket line: SAG members, also handing out fliers.

SAG organizer Seneca Cheyne Scott noted that the actors guild will be dealing with many of the same issues when their contract expires next year.

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  1. izadingdinga says:

    Zomg X 15 extract
    I just would like to watch lost so i can see the series of lost today. can the producers give the writers the moneys so the writers can do some writing an then they will get paid an then the actors of lost can get filmed by the camera man by the director and then it can get sent to the programme dudes then they put it on the air ( which just means on the telly for us mortal beings) for us to watch. PEace out sex wags

  2. Harry says:

    Mikki, is it?
    Well, consider this: the studios are getting a lot richer off the backs of these people than they would like to admit. They’re not even willing to discuss a fair portion of royalties with the writers. How selfish of you to think only of your entertainment time lost. How would you like it if your company made billions of dollars a month and paid a pittance to you for a function only YOU could do, and which was absolutely necessary to keep things running?
    And if you think being a writer is just a “fun job” try it. I’d be willing to bet you’d fail miserably, because it takes a very special person to put things together in the way our favorite shows’ writers do.

  3. Mikki says:

    This is such a load of shit. These people are making more money than most of us doing a fun job and yet they still bitch and moan meaning all of us lose out on our favourite programs.

  4. Adam says:

    The producers better pay up!

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