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16 November 2007 @ 06:06 pm
My Personal AMPTP Strike Letters ...  
Okay: today I finished my set of letters to AMPTP members (and one affiliate) politely requesting that they return to the negotiating table and reach a reasonable accommodation with the writers. The letters are on their way to Warner Brothers, CBS, the CW, Walt Disney (for ABC and ABC Family), NBC, and Fox. Each of the letters is mostly identical to the others, but each has been tweaked to be specific to the targeted network or studio, mentioning only the shows that would be relevant to the target.  If anyone would like to adapt variations on these to their own use, reflecting their own show interests, be my guest. Note that form letters tend to get ignored; more personalized ones have more of an impact. These are a bit long for the purpose, but I held each of them to a single side of my stationery.

I owe a debt to bringtvback for assembling a convenient list of network and studio addresses, together with a handy list of which CEOs are connected with which shows.

Herewith, the letters:

Warner Brothers

Mr. Barry Meyer, Chairman

Warner Bros. Entertainment

4000 Warner Blvd.

Burbank, CA 91522

 

Dear Mr. Meyer:

 

            I love scripted television. I love compelling, three-dimensional characters, witty dialogue, humor integral to drama, interesting plots, and stories that capture my intelligence and my heart. At this moment, your studio produces my three favorite current shows:  the darkly brilliant Supernatural, that under-appreciated gem of mingled brotherly love and horror unexpectedly at the very top of my must-see list; the funny, rollicking, warm-hearted Chuck; and the quirky, utterly charming Pushing Daisies. And I know I’m shortly going to be missing all of them probably for months and possibly forever because of the Writers Guild strike. I’m asking you not to let that happen. I’m asking that you and the other members of the AMPTP return to the bargaining table immediately and negotiate in good faith to reach a reasonable accommodation with the writers.

 

            I understand that internet downloads and streaming video, cable television, home video and DVD, and other technology-based innovations and changes to the traditional television market have created unsettling conditions for the entire industry. Those conditions, however, have not changed the fundamental right of artists to be paid fairly for their work.

 

            Television and the internet are clearly merging, and the “new media” networked marketplace of the future is already here. I still watch most of my television through broadcast and cable, but I’ve also purchased season passes on iTunes to download Supernatural episodes, and I’ve watched streaming video, complete with paid commercials, on network websites. The shows I love the most, including Supernatural, I’ve purchased on DVD. It’s important to me to know that however I watch my shows, the writers and artists who created them are getting fair compensation. Right now, particularly with regard to new media, I don’t believe that’s happening.

 

            For the sake of your audience – viewers like me who watch your shows and video streams and buy your DVDs and downloads – as well as for the health of the industry, I respectfully request that all parties abandon rhetoric and embrace respect and rationality to resolve this dispute. Please return to the bargaining table now and negotiate new media residuals fairly. The longer this impasse continues, the more all of us – studios, networks, artists, viewers, and all the people who rely on the entertainment industry for their livelihood – will suffer and grow bitter. It’s in your power and your interest to end it now. After all, the ultimate success of your business rides on the creativity of the writers, actors, directors and others who make the shows we enjoy and love enough to buy and return to time and again.

 

                                                                                    Sincerely,

*********************************************************
CBS

Mr. Leslie Moonves

CBS Entertainment Network

7800 Beverly Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

Dear Mr. Moonves:

 

            I love scripted television. I love compelling, three-dimensional characters, witty dialogue, humor integral to drama, interesting plots, and stories that capture my intelligence and my heart. At this moment, your network and its CW subsidiary broadcast three of my favorite current shows:  on the CW, the darkly brilliant Supernatural, that under-appreciated gem of mingled brotherly love and horror unexpectedly at the very top of my must-see list; and on CBS itself, the adventurous and creative FBI, math, and family drama Numb3rs; and the intriguing, magnetic Jericho. And I know I’m shortly going to be missing all of them probably for months and possibly forever because of the Writers Guild strike. I’m asking you not to let that happen. I’m asking that you and the other members of the AMPTP return to the bargaining table immediately and negotiate in good faith to reach a reasonable accommodation with the writers.

 

            I understand that internet downloads and streaming video, cable television, home video and DVD, and other technology-based innovations and changes to the traditional television market have created unsettling conditions for the entire industry. Those conditions, however, have not changed the fundamental right of artists to be paid fairly for their work.

 

            Television and the internet are clearly merging, and the “new media” networked marketplace of the future is already here. I still watch most of my television through broadcast and cable, but I’ve also purchased season passes on iTunes to download Supernatural episodes, and I’ve watched streaming video, complete with paid commercials, on network websites. The shows I love the most, including Supernatural, I’ve purchased on DVD. It’s important to me to know that however I watch my shows, the writers and artists who created them are getting fair compensation. Right now, particularly with regard to new media, I don’t believe that’s happening.

 

            For the sake of your audience – viewers like me who watch your shows and video streams and buy your DVDs and downloads – as well as for the health of the industry, I respectfully request that all parties abandon rhetoric and embrace respect and rationality to resolve this dispute. Please return to the bargaining table now and negotiate new media residuals fairly. The longer this impasse continues, the more all of us – studios, networks, artists, viewers, and all the people who rely on the entertainment industry for their livelihood – will suffer and grow bitter. It’s in your power and your interest to end it now. After all, the ultimate success of your business rides on the creativity of the writers, actors, directors and others who make the shows we enjoy and love enough to buy and return to time and again.

 

                                                                                    Sincerely,
*********************************************************

The CW  (A little different, because I don't think they're directly at the table ...)

Ms. Dawn Ostroff

President of Entertainment
The CW Network
411 North Hollywood Way
Burbank, California  91505

 

Dear Ms. Ostroff:

 

            I get a surfeit of reality in reality and refuse to watch “reality” TV, but I love scripted television. I love compelling, three-dimensional characters, witty dialogue, humor integral to drama, interesting plots, and stories that capture my intelligence and my heart. At this very moment, your network broadcasts my favorite current show:  the darkly brilliant Supernatural, that under-appreciated gem of mingled brotherly love and horror unexpectedly at the very top of my must-see list. And I know I’m shortly going to be missing it probably for months and possibly forever because of the Writers Guild strike. I’m asking you not to let that happen. I’m asking that you encourage the members of the AMPTP to return to the bargaining table now and negotiate in good faith to reach a reasonable accommodation with the writers.

 

            I understand that internet downloads and streaming video, cable television, home video and DVD, and other technology-based innovations and changes to the traditional television market have created unsettling conditions for the entire industry. Those conditions, however, have not changed the fundamental right of artists to be paid fairly for their work.

 

            Television and the internet are clearly merging, and the “new media” networked marketplace of the future is already here. I still watch most of my television through broadcast and cable, but I’ve also purchased season passes on iTunes to download Supernatural episodes, and I’ve watched streaming video, complete with paid commercials, on network websites, including yours. The shows I love the most, including Supernatural, I’ve purchased on DVD. It’s important to me to know that however I watch my shows, the writers and artists who created them are getting fair compensation. Right now, particularly with regard to new media, I don’t believe that’s happening.

 

            For the sake of your audience – viewers like me who watch your shows and video streams and buy your DVDs and downloads – as well as for the health of the industry, I respectfully request that all parties abandon rhetoric and embrace respect and rationality to resolve this dispute. Please return to the bargaining table now and negotiate new media residuals fairly. The longer this impasse continues, the more all of us – studios, networks, artists, viewers, and all the people who rely on the entertainment industry for their livelihood – will suffer and grow bitter. It’s in your power and your interest to end it now. After all, the ultimate success of your business rides on the creativity of the writers, actors, directors and others who make the shows we enjoy and love enough to buy and return to time and again.

 

                                                                                    Sincerely,

***********************************************************
Disney, ABC, ABC Family

Mr. Robert Iger

The Walt Disney Company

500 South Buena Vista Street

Burbank, CA 91521

 

Dear Mr. Iger:

 

            I love scripted television. I love compelling, three-dimensional characters, witty dialogue, humor integral to drama, interesting plots, and stories that capture my intelligence and my heart. At this moment, ABC, part of the Walt Disney family, broadcasts one of my favorite current shows, the quirky, utterly charming Pushing Daisies, while ABC Family produces and airs the unexpectedly delightful family science fiction drama Kyle XY. And I know I’m shortly going to be missing both of them probably for months and possibly forever because of the Writers Guild strike. I’m asking you not to let that happen. I’m asking that you and the other members of the AMPTP return to the bargaining table immediately and negotiate in good faith to reach a reasonable accommodation with the writers.

 

            I understand that internet downloads and streaming video, cable television, home video and DVD, and other technology-based innovations and changes to the traditional television market have created unsettling conditions for the entire industry. Those conditions, however, have not changed the fundamental right of artists to be paid fairly for their work.

 

            Television and the internet are clearly merging, and the “new media” networked marketplace of the future is already here. I still watch most of my television through broadcast and cable, but I’ve also purchased season passes on iTunes to download television episodes, and I’ve watched streaming video, complete with paid commercials, on network websites. The shows I love the most, I’ve purchased on DVD. It’s important to me to know that however I watch my shows, the writers and artists who created them are getting fair compensation. Right now, particularly with regard to new media, I don’t believe that’s happening.

 

            For the sake of your audience – viewers like me who watch your shows and video streams and buy your DVDs and downloads – as well as for the health of the industry, I respectfully request that all parties abandon rhetoric and embrace respect and rationality to resolve this dispute. Please return to the bargaining table now and negotiate new media residuals fairly. The longer this impasse continues, the more all of us – studios, networks, artists, viewers, and all the people who rely on the entertainment industry for their livelihood – will suffer and grow bitter. It’s in your power and your interest to end it now. After all, the ultimate success of your business rides on the creativity of the writers, actors, directors and others who make the shows we enjoy and love enough to buy and return to time and again.

 

                                                                                    Sincerely,

**********************************************************
NBC

Mr. Jeff Zucker

NBC/Universal

30 Rockefeller Plaza

New York, NY 10112

 

Dear Mr. Zucker:

 

            I love scripted television. I love compelling, three-dimensional characters, witty dialogue, humor integral to drama, interesting plots, and stories that capture my intelligence and my heart. At this moment, your network and its USA and SciFi subsidiaries broadcast some of my favorite current shows:  the funny, rollicking, warm-hearted Chuck; the living comic book Heroes; the intricate, surprisingly deep The 4400; the brilliant but under-watched Friday Night Lights; and the spectacular, riveting Battlestar Galactica. And I know I’m shortly going to be missing all of them probably for months and possibly forever because of the Writers Guild strike. I’m asking you not to let that happen. I’m asking that you and the other members of the AMPTP return to the bargaining table immediately and negotiate in good faith to reach a reasonable accommodation with the writers.

 

            I understand that internet downloads and streaming video, cable television, home video and DVD, and other technology-based innovations and changes to the traditional television market have created unsettling conditions for the entire industry. Those conditions, however, have not changed the fundamental right of artists to be paid fairly for their work.

 

            Television and the internet are clearly merging, and the “new media” networked marketplace of the future is already here. I still watch most of my television through broadcast and cable, but I’ve also purchased episode downloads on iTunes, and I’ve watched streaming video, complete with paid commercials, on network websites. The shows I love the most, I’ve purchased on DVD. It’s important to me to know that however I watch my shows, the writers and artists who created them are getting fair compensation. Right now, particularly with regard to new media, I don’t believe that’s happening.

 

            For the sake of your audience – viewers like me who watch your shows and video streams and buy your DVDs and downloads – as well as for the health of the industry, I respectfully request that all parties abandon rhetoric and embrace respect and rationality to resolve this dispute. Please return to the bargaining table now and negotiate new media residuals fairly. The longer this impasse continues, the more all of us – studios, networks, artists, viewers, and all the people who rely on the entertainment industry for their livelihood – will suffer and grow bitter. It’s in your power and your interest to end it now. After all, the ultimate success of your business rides on the creativity of the writers, actors, directors and others who make the shows we enjoy and love enough to buy and return to time and again.

 

                                                                                    Sincerely,
***********************************************************
Fox  (which gets a trifle nastier blast courtesy of Chernin having said that Fox will benefit from the strike because of reality programming)

Mr. Peter Chernin

Fox Entertainment Group

10201 West Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90035

 

Dear Mr. Chernin:

 

            I get a surfeit of reality in reality and thus refuse to watch “reality” TV, but I love scripted television. I love compelling, three-dimensional characters, witty dialogue, humor integral to drama, interesting plots, and stories that capture my intelligence and my heart. At this moment, your network broadcasts two shows I definitely enjoy: the amusing, quirky, and interesting Bones, and the woefully inconsistent but still entertaining action romp of 24. And I know I’m shortly going to be missing them probably for months and possibly forever because of the Writers Guild strike. I’m asking you not to let that happen. I’m asking that you and the other members of the AMPTP return to the bargaining table immediately and negotiate in good faith to reach a reasonable accommodation with the writers.

 

            I understand that internet downloads and streaming video, cable television, home video and DVD, and other technology-based innovations and changes to the traditional television market have created unsettling conditions for the entire industry. Those conditions, however, have not changed the fundamental right of artists to be paid fairly for their work.

 

            Television and the internet are clearly merging, and the “new media” networked marketplace of the future is already here. I still watch most of my television through broadcast and cable, but I’ve also purchased episode downloads on iTunes, and I’ve watched streaming video, complete with paid commercials, on network websites, including yours. The shows I love the most, I’ve purchased on DVD. It’s important to me to know that however I watch my shows, the writers and artists who created them are getting fair compensation. Right now, particularly with regard to new media, I don’t believe that’s happening. Accordingly, I’m boycotting  “new media” TV until the strike is resolved.

 

            For the sake of your audience – viewers like me who watch your shows and video streams and buy your DVDs and downloads – as well as for the health of the industry, I respectfully request that all parties abandon rhetoric and embrace respect and rationality to resolve this dispute. Please return to the bargaining table now and negotiate new media residuals fairly. The longer this impasse continues, the more all of us – studios, networks, artists, viewers, and all the people who rely on the entertainment industry for their livelihood – will suffer and grow bitter. It’s in your power and your interest to end it now. After all, the ultimate success of your business rides on the creativity of the writers, actors, directors and others who make the shows we enjoy and love enough to buy and return to time and again. “Reality” TV goes only so far, and in my case, that’s nowhere at all.

 

                                                                                    Sincerely,

********************************************************


 
 
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soydolcelatte: Sam Dean Pilot Silouettesoydolcelatte on November 18th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
These letters are incredible!!!
bardicvoice: lexigeek wga supernaturalbardicvoice on November 19th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
Thanks! May they do some good ...