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On the Firing Line

Army_strike2I was out in front of 20th this morning. Drivers in a traffic line of cars and trucks — yeah, even those with double trailers — were obliging the WGA pickets with non-stop supportive honking as they passed the studio’s new feature building and the main gate. I had last been at the studio — inside that is — on invitation of Nancy Cartwright to witness a writers’ and actors’ read-through of an upcoming “Simpsons” seg. Today, one seg remained but it has been KO’d and the season will end with 22 instead of 23 shows.

Reps from UTA were handing out muffins to the striking writers as they turned the corner on their picket line. Members of Endeavor were on hand bolstering spirits. One of them reasoned to me, “They make money for us — and we make money for them.” A  writer-client rounded the picket line curve and asked his agent, “What’s going on at the office?”  Writers on 20th TV’s “American Dad” told me they were stopped in the middle of the fourth seg. “Family Guy” also shuttered.  But the feeling was universal, “We’re standing firm. Why should those who make plastic cases for DVDs make more than its writers?” I was told a major demonstration is planned at at Fox tomorrow (Friday). Maybe more than a thousand actors and other guild branch members are expected to show support of the Writers.

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