TV Blogs Go Dark in Solidarity with the Writers Guild of America

bloggers strike in support of wgaOn November 13th, this blog and the blogs listed below will be on strike for the day in solidarity with the Writers Guild of America. As fellow writers and as TV fans, we are coming together to express our strong support for the writers and their goals. We believe that when a writer’s work makes money for a company, that writer deserves to be paid. 

Many writers depend on residuals for a stable income, and that income shouldn’t be based on an outdated formula which ignores the existence of new media and all but a tiny percentage of DVD sales. The talented writers responsible for so much of what we love about television should and must be paid fairly and equitably, and we will stand with them until they reach that goal. For everyone’s sake, and for the sake of television, we hope both sides can come to an agreement quickly. 

To further that goal, we are calling on our readers to sign this petition and to contact the following television networks, voicing support for the writers and for a return to the negotiating table: 

500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
(818) 460-7777 

10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 369-1000 

7800 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 575-2345 

NBC / Universal
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 777-1000 

After the blackout, we intend to continue our campaign to support the WGA until the dispute has been resolved fairly. Since we will not be posting any new content on the 13th, we encourage our readers to visit United Hollywood instead for frequent updates about the strike. In solidarity- 

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  • SimplyKimberly

    I hope this type of “blackout” can be extended to refusing to download from the internet, watching ad sponsored “promotions” on the network sites and buying DVDs until the strike is over.

    The only way to get the studios to listen to us is by not filling their pockets with more cash that they aren’t sharing with the writers.

  • Ravi

    Has anyone contacted TV Squad to see if they’ll join up?

    I know they’re “corporate” and make massive revenues, but it would be huge to get them to join the blackout and explain to their readership how they can contact the studios and help the cause.

  • theTVaddict


    Great idea. I’m firing off an email to TVSquad now.

    Of course considering they’re owned by AOL/Time Warner I highly doubt they’d be able to join!

  • Skye2477

    I fully support your black out! I do wonder if fans stopped downloading episodes in protest would the networks sit up and take notice?

  • TheCineManiac

    It all depends on if the Studios know that’s why the people have stopped downloading, otherwise it fuels the fire of them saying the revenue is unpredictable.
    Pamela Ribon and Donald Todd, a Writer and the Showrunner of Samantha Who said it best, I’ve got video interview with them up over at my blog.

  • disgruntled

    At what point in your life did someone say your opinion meant anything? There are millions of people with online opinions. You are not a writer! And for you to support writers is goofy. Ninety percent of what is currently on television beyond sucks. The studios need to CLEAN HOUSE.

  • TVFanatic

    I think it’s a nice gesture. Solidarity Brother!

  • Snow

    In solidarity with my brother and sister comment posters, in recognition of today’s TV Blog strike I will not post comments on any TV Blogs in order to show my support for the Writers on strike.

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  • bob2

    If there were a way to support just the GOOD writers, the ones who actually deserve more recognition rather than the ones who deserve to be kicked out onto the curb, then that would be a good thing. But supporting the strike is primarily supporting the writers who would be canned and easily replaced if the union weren’t propping them up. IOW, it’s a vote for crappier crap on TV.

  • Amrie
  • Kajagugu

    Nice try. But this is not going to work. If you truly support the WGA you should gather your TV blogger buddies and go with a full assault. Go dark for a week, during sweeps or something that will make them take notice. Advocate no downloads and not going to the sites to watch the “promo” episodes. Make it hurt.

    Taking a day off and then going back to pimping the network shows is a little fake in my opinion. Yes, we support you, but no we need to make our ad dollars, so sorry. Fakers!

  • i don’t get it

    I understand trying to show support but why is it that US,the fans have to pay for it.I think the best thing web sites can do is keep talking about it.Thanks for putting the addresses of the networks up.I will write them now.

  • Tony Figueroa

    TV Bloggers need to let the world know what the media is not telling them and show the faces that belong to those names that scroll by so fast at the end of your favorite TV show. I hope to see you on the picket line. Those bloggers, who can walk the picket line, I encourage you to do so. If you are not in New York or LA, United Hollywood has artwork that you can post on your blog to help get the message out there and you can also walk a Virtual Picket Line on Myspace.

    In solidarity

    Tony Figueroa