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Friday, January 25, 2008

The WGA Does Congress

The Hollywood writers' strike recently came to Capitol Hill. From an article in Broadcasting & Cable:
With the help of a half-dozen or so out-of-work writers, the Writers Guild of America staged a comedy debate on Capitol Hill Wednesday on the serious subject of the ongoing strike against the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers. With the aid of a half-dozen members of Congress, the guild framed the issue as consolidated media companies that didn't want to split their $95 billion in profits with the writers who helped to create all of that high-value content. They were backed by a half-dozen legislators who took to the podium before the mock debate to express their support and even issue something of a threat. [CLICK HERE FOR FULL TEXT]

In class on Monday, we shall briefly discuss why the writers came to the Hill and why several members were so eager to host them. See video below.

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