Tony Kayden, whose credits include episodes of “Baretta” and “Little House on the Prairie,” said the strike was not about a bunch of “rich writers” whining about residuals. “The average star or director makes ten times what the average writer does,” he said.
Deborah Blum, a writer for the History Channel series “MegaDisasters” now working as a TV City strike captain, said she’d been through the strikes in 1988 and 1981. “Each one of the strikes has been triggered by a technological revolution,” she said.
She noted that scribes in the 1950s gave up residuals for broadcasts of past films in order to get better pension plan benefits. The current strike, she said, was also about making sure future generations of scribes benefit from new mediums.
In 1988, Blum said scribes were too quick to give in on sharing profits from videotapes. “That has been seen as a big mistake,” she said. “We didn’t really look to the future.”
For this strike, “There’s a tremendous amount of unity within the guild.”