Just received an anonymous email from someone billed as The WGA Advocate. I’ve posted it in full under Opinions from the Front, but here’s his/her strike theory:
Since “Big Business” (multinational conglomerate organizations) bought out the studios, they have not had the chance to do what they normally do when buying major companies and that is to fire almost everyone, give middle management promotions (without raises) to fill the gaps of the fired bosses and their big salaries, then integrate a production pipeline with a simple, efficient, NORMAL business model.
This is only possible NOW because until recently there were still independent movie studios who accepted the film business model norms.
In short, they are forcing writers (and soon actors) to strike so they have an excuse to fire the people who work behind the gates, not the artists. They just want to blame the artists for firing half of L.A. over the span of the strike. Think about how much money they will save.
Big Business can now force majeure more than writers, but expensive producers and their entire teams as well. Why not streamline production and run all projects directly through a studio personnel only? One simple pipeline of product and production run by story editors and savvy accountants (the new studio producer/executive)? It would save these studios a fortune. No more independent producer deals, instead strictly studio production teams. We ALL know that this is what Big Business does best. So they force the artists to hike to they can clean house and redesign studio lot efficiency.
— Dana Harris