Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, speaks at the WGA East Awards about the end of the strike:
I’m told the agreement was met with some controversy, but I believe that the overwhelming majority of the guild is relieved to stop striking and getting back to being out of work… We had to get an agreement today. We had to. There was too much public outcry. At the end of the day, we had to end the strike to get all the ugly writers off of YouTube.
The Studios and the Writers have agreed to return to the table. I don’t want to say the troops will be home by Christmas, but this is a good sign for all the script monkeys out there.
I’m probably the billionth person to post this video about the strike by the writers of “The Daily Show,” but there are two good reasons for you to see it here.
- It explains the hi-larious hypocrisy of the CEOs of the studios who refuse to pay writers for their work on the Internet.
- It’s free.
News Corp.’s profits up this quarter, primarily because of… wait for it… “The Simpsons” and other TV shows and movies. They pocketed $362 million from box office and DVD sales in the last three months alone.
These are the same guys crying poverty when they come to the table in the WGA strike. Of course, by Hollywood accounting, “The Simpsons” has never been profitable, and the “Die Hard” franchise is probably still in the red.
Even the guys who ran Enron would be amazed.