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.