The pickets were thick around Warner Bros. today.
WGA directed all of its feet on the street to beautiful downtown Burbank, to the house that Sam, Jack, Harry and Albert built and to NBC. Best surreal-world juxtaposition of the day was seeing Josh Friedman, showrunner and exec producer of Fox/Warner Bros. TV’s “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” picketing outside the studio while taking what appeared to be congratulatory calls on his cell phone for “Sarah Connor’s” super-strong preem on Sunday night (18.3 million viewers and 7.6 rating/18 share in the adults 18-49, boffo by any definition.)
Warner Bros. was the prime target for today’s pickets as the scribes tried to show some support for the more than 1,000 studio facilities and maintenance workers that may get pinkslipped at any time, now that so many of the studio’s stages are dark.
Guild was distributing a flier around the studio grounds alerting the newly unemployed that they may be eligible for some financial support from the WGA Foundation. “YOU have worked hard for this company. WE have worked hard for this company. NONE OF US deserve to be treated like this.”
Numerous picket signs featured Xerox images of Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes and Time Warner chairman Richard Parsons with their eight-figure annual salaries listed ($18.65 million and $22.47 million, respectively.) Warner Bros.’ direct bosses didn’t escape derision either: “Alan Horn deserves your scorn” and “Barry Meyer is a liar” were also seen on a few picket signs.