It’s the question every writer was asking last week: “Where are you picketing?”
Turns out not all strike locales are created equal.
For one, a studio’s front gates are the most likely to attract news crews — and the inevitable celeb actor/actress sighting (not to mention the goodies they usually come bearing). At NBC, for example, Jay Leno motored up to the main entrance on Bob Hope Drive Nov. 5 to hand out Krispy Kreme doughnuts. The crowd was large, the cameras were out — and the pickets at the other entrances missed out on the big photo op of Day One.
Twentieth Century Fox appeared to attract the most pickets in the first days; several pickets, however, expressed dismay that they were assigned to the gates where low-level employees, rather than the actual moguls they’re trying to reach, drive in.
Paramount pickets scored the most scenic facade, for what it’s worth, at the only major studio to actually call Hollywood home. The iconic front gates of Par lend themselves to dramatic photos, hence the media attention there.
Hollywood, however, has a downside: smaller sidewalks and less space for the pickets. Just ask the folks at Sunset-Gower, which additionally is in a less-ritzy part of town.
Disney’s close proximation to residential streets made it an easy choice to stage the large, 100-plus showrunner rally on Nov. 7; despite the news trucks and large crowd, parking wasn’t a problem.
Neither was the weather, as the notoriously hot San Fernando Valley has cooled off to more moderate fall temps.
Generally, the morning marine layer and cooler temps across Southern California have made it a more pleasant time of year to strike at just about every location.
It won’t be nearly as pleasant in July, if the actors decide to strike.