They Also Served: A blog devoted to the casualties of the strike is born

Lost your job because of the strike? There’s a new blog that wants to hear from you.

Earlier today, a group calling itself “Get Back in That Room” launched a website designed to keep track of all the folks who’ve been laid off (or fired) because of the strike. Stark layout brings to mind a list of war dead, offering up just the names, titles and the production or company for which they served.

GBITB also sent a letter to the WGA and the AMPTP begging both sides to resume talks:

Once this list goes public, it will grow. You and the press will continue to receive the updated list of the collateral damage, in perpetuity.

For their livelihoods, you owe it to the people on this list to return to the negotiating table immediately and not emerge until a resolution is reached, as your positions as chief negotiators for the WGA & AMPTP dictate you do.

Peoples’ lives are being devastated and you’re the ones that can choose to make it right.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, 60 people had attached their names to the site, claiming they’ve lost their jobs. Most were assistants to writers (including Tim Kring and Barbara Hall) or assistants to agents/managers. Another list tallied the names of people who still have jobs, but are identifying themselves as supporters of the site (including mega-managers Chris Bender and J.C. Spink).

The full letter from the group is after the jump.

–Josef Adalian

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  1. Lee says:

    Devil’s Advocate here…Hey…I just have to say…from an Independent Producer’s P.O.V., figuring out HOW money is made off the Internet is an even bigger question than what should everyone be making from the Internet. For the BIG studios…all it’s doing is furthering the brand, exploiting the property a little further, but whether that’s actually or can be quantified by causing more and more people to tune in or subscribe to a particular cable package…does anyone have those figures? Obviously Pay TV, or Internet Pay download can be quantified…but if ABC Online shows a day-old “Desperate Housewives”, and adds in ad time to support the web arena of webmasters, broadband, etc…does anyone see it? Does actual money trickle down to anyone? Are there firms setting up to start collecting this info to quantify residuals? I’m only concerned that the WGA strike is a wee bit pre mature. Just a wee bit…probably about 2 years too early. Don’t get me wrong, I support the right to Strike…but has the WGA contracted a third party accounting firm to quantify the trickle down resids from those digital ancillary area not in the WGA agreement…rather than speculating? again, I’m only playing the Devil’s Advocate here, who has his own hell sent team of writers.
    Cheers
    Lee Williams
    Boomstone Animation Inc.

  2. Lee says:

    Devil’s Advocate here…Hey…I just have to say…from an Independent Producer’s P.O.V., figuring out HOW money is made off the Internet is an even bigger question than what should everyone be making from the Internet. For the BIG studios…all it’s doing is furthering the brand, exploiting the property a little further, but whether that’s actually or can be quantified by causing more and more people to tune in or subscribe to a particular cable package…does anyone have those figures? Obviously Pay TV, or Internet Pay download can be quantified…but if ABC Online shows a day-old “Desperate Housewives”, and adds in ad time to support the web arena of webmasters, broadband, etc…does anyone see it? Does actual money trickle down to anyone? Are there firms setting up to start collecting this info to quantify residuals? I’m only concerned that the WGA strike is a wee bit pre mature. Just a wee bit…probably about 2 years too early. Don’t get me wrong, I support the right to Strike…but has the WGA contracted a third party accounting firm to quantify the trickle down resids from those digital ancillary area not in the WGA agreement…rather than speculating? again, I’m only playing the Devil’s Advocate here, who has his own hell sent team of writers.
    Cheers
    Lee Williams
    Boomstone Animation Inc.

  3. Becca says:

    I second that GET BACK IN THE ROOM with these out of work staffers. I’m sure I’ve talked to a few of them (production staff, assistants)during my freelance writing assignments.
    These people are the backbone of your industry. They often work longer hours with less pay and no union to support them.
    If there is a way in which TV and film fans can contribute *anything* to help support you, I’ll personally put it out there on my website as well as the other fandoms. Check your email for a note from roobaby.
    Thanks.

  4. Piers says:

    The showrunners have already offered to go back to work immediately and finish production on current episodes if the AMPTP will return to the negotiating table.
    source: deadline hollywood daily, 8th nov 2007
    At the 11th hour talks before the contract expired the WGA offered to take an increase in DVD residuals off the table so as to make movement on Internet Residuals.
    The only thing that the WGA wants here is a percentage of the money the studios are making from Internet Downloads. How much should that be?
    I don’t know. Why not come back to the table and talk about it?
    But if the only way the AMPTP will return to the negotiating table is if the WGA take Internet Residuals off the table, that’s not negotiating.
    The WGA has already given concessions. And yet the AMPTP still isn’t returning to the table.

  5. stopthestrike says:

    The writers, by striking, which they had every right to do have forced the AMTP to now sit back and let the damage play out otherwise, the message to future unions is that striking will achieve quick results in favor of the striking party. This would set a precedent that the AMTP can not allow for no matter what. The WGA needs to find a way to take the high road and offer up something to get the AMTP back in the room without getting egg on their face. If the goal of the WGA is to humiliate the AMTP, this situation will not mend itself for a long painful time.

  6. Pookieboo says:

    Think how many people have said we went to war too soon, that we didn’t take the diplomatic route long enough, well here we are. This is sounding like war to me. What happens from a strategic point of view now, is it becomes very difficult to stop the shooting. It will take a lot of gumption to say we’ve made a mistake and stop the conflict, who will that be?

  7. Kitty says:

    I understand the sentiment behind this letter, but the WGA is not at fault here. They are perfectly willing to get back in the room. It is solely the AMPTP that is refusing to do so.

  8. Kitty says:

    I understand the sentiment behind this letter, but the WGA is not at fault here. They are perfectly willing to get back in the room. It is solely the AMPTP that is refusing to do so.

  9. lucky hammer says:

    Yes. Absolutley. Get back in the room is exactly what the WGA has been asking the AMPTP to do. Why won’t they?

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