TV fans across the country have found a way to give hands-on support to striking writers.
Launched late last week, Fans4Writers.com began as a splinter group of another fansite, the Joss Whedon-centric whedonesque.com (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”). What started as a pizza drop-off for Whedon while he was rallying at Fox Plaza Friday is now a full-fledged Food for Thought program designed, according to Fans4writers.com, “to ensure that every picket location receives a delivery from fans at least once a week, for the duration of the strike.” The site includes an online donation area for fans who want to fund the group’s efforts.
“We wanted to do something to show our support and delivering food seemed like a good way to start,” said Fans4Writers media liaison Adam Levermore-Rich, who lives in Palo Alto.
Levermore-Rich said the group, which now numbers 30 after three days, plans to keep delivering food and offering moral support to writers.
“As fans, obviously we want to see our shows back on the air as soon as possible,” said Cincinnatti-based organizer Brenda Lawhown. “But at the same time, we recognize that it’s the writers who make these shows so compelling and they need to get fair compensation for the work they do.”
As of Sunday afternoon, Fans4writers.com had received more than 30,000 hits.
— Dave McNary