“These are the people who get paid a small fraction of what the writers do”

We received a letter from an anonymous crew member speaking out for her brethren. (Going with the female presumption on the basis of the email ID: Norma Rae.) The full post is available under Opinions From the Front, but here’s a few highlights:

When someone is not in the entertainment business, I do not think he or she realizes how many people it actually requires to produce a show… These are the people who put in 15-20 hour days on stage or on grueling locations. These are the people who miss out on time with their families to finish a picture. These are the people who are still devoted to these shows and trying to work right now. These are the people who get paid a small fraction of what the writers do and are going to be unemployed for months during the holidays and beyond in result of this conflict. They have not gotten to make a choice in this matter, yet are somehow being continuously punished.

I am neither on the writersʼ side nor the studiosʼ side in this labor dispute. I feel for the below the line crew who are getting nothing but ridicule while they try to work during these precious few days left before everything shuts down. They are working hard producing the last scripts that the writers were paid to write. I truly hope everything will be settled soon, for the sake of the true underdog at this time: the crew.

It’s signed, “Frustrated and Soon To Be Unemployed.”

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