The Great Big Writer’s Strike Episode (feat. Ashlyn Thomas)

Photo of Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos from his LinkedIn, of him posing in a business suit in front of a grey backdrop. Drawings by Eating For Free have been added, showing devil horns and a devil tale, and a caption that reads: "Worst person of the year award."
Photo of Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos from his LinkedIn, of him posing in a business suit in front of a grey backdrop. Drawings by Eating For Free have been added, showing devil horns and a devil tale, and a caption that reads: "Worst person of the year award."

Friend of the show and Tinseltown icon Ashlyn Thomas joins us to discuss the lead up to and impact of the most prominent organized labor movement of 2023 so far! Solidarity with all striking writers 🫡 and a perpetual “FUCK TED SARANDOS FOREVER!”

Links: 

  • Striking screenwriters look to shut down Marvel set [Youtube]
  • Writers Guild of America Calls Strike, Effective Tuesday, May 2 [WGAW]
  • LIST OF DEMANDS [WGACONTRACT2023.ORG]
  • WGA NEGOTIATIONS – STATUS AS OF MAY 1, 2023 [WGAW]
  • WGA Raises Solidarity Assistance Funds [May 10] [WGAW]
  • Why Are TV Writers So Miserable? [The New Yorker] [April 29, 2023]
  • Studios Demand Showrunners Work During Writers Strike [THR] [May 5]
  • UPDATE: MTV Movie And TV Awards switch to pre-taped show in response to Writers Guild picket [AV Club] [May 5, 2023]
  • Biden calls for ‘a fair deal’ for striking screenwriters [Politico]
  • Game of Thrones prequel paused as Hollywood writers’ strike continues [Guardian]
  • Writers Guild of America blasts Boston University for picking Warner Bros. Discovery’s David Zaslav as commencement speaker [Boston Herald]
  • Ted Sarandos Will Skip PEN America Gala Honoring Him Amid WGA Strike Given “Threat To Disrupt” Event [Deadline]
  • Film/TV Shoots at L.A. Hotels May Be Disrupted as Hospitality Workers Back Writers Strike (Exclusive) [THR]
  • Netflix canceled its in-person upfront, probably to avoid the WGA’s picket lines [Verge]
  • The Writers Strike Is Blowing Up the Upfronts [Vanity Fair]
  • Seth MacFarlane & Showrunners Exit ‘Family Guy’ & ‘American Dad’ Until Striking WGA Gets New Contract [Deadline]
  • Unscripted TV Community Fears Strike Impact: “It’s Not Going To Be A Carefree, Hot Girl, Reality Summer” [Deadline]
  • TV Shows Affected By WGA Strike: ‘You Bet Your Life’, ‘The Chi’, ‘FBI: Most Wanted’ & More – Updated List [Deadline]
  • Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos cites Hollywood writer’s strike as reason why he won’t accept PEN ‘Business Visionary Award’ [Fortune]
  • Ted Sarandos: Netflix Is Prepared ‘Better Than Most’ if There’s a Writers Strike [IndieWire]
  • Netflix’s Reed Hastings, Ted Sarandos See Compensation Rise to More Than $50 Million in 2022 [Variety]
  • Vice C.E.O.’s Departure Signals Fallen Hopes for Digital Media [NYT] [02/24/2023]

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