Friday, November 30, 2007

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Write our troops for Christmas!!!

My dad emailed this to me and I think it's an AWESOME idea!!!! I'm doing it!!!

When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include one
or more cards to the following:

A Recovering American soldier
c/o
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
20307-5001

Strike talks are slow but at least they are happening!

My sister and her family are slowly piecing their lives back together. Thank you again for all of your well wishes, prayers and concerns! Just keep them in those thoughts and prayers!

A bit on the strike! It's slowly moving......well, at least they are in talks! Still!! Here are some links for more information! I got an email from an Acting resource that said that the end was soon....not sure where they are getting that bit of info!

Story from the LA Times

www.wga.org

One other thing!!

Networks set for $120m from web ads

By Matthew Garrahan in Los Angeles

Published: November 29 2007 01:58 | Last updated: November 29 2007 01:58

The
four US television networks in a pay dispute with Hollywood television
writers over online video advertising are in line to generate $120m of
revenues in 2007 from free web streaming of their content, according to
a leading media buyer.

The networks have been reluctant to
acknowledge the size of their streaming businesses, partly because
online video advertising has become a sticking point in pay
negotiations with the writers, who have been on strike for almost a
month.


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Please Pray for my sister...her house burned down!!

First off thank you everyone for your prayers and encouragement!! I could explain everything, but the local newspaper had it on the front page today! It's very sad!  The good news is that no one was killed!!

Here's the link: http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/localnews/2007/11/28/house-fire-95.php

People have been asking where to send clothes and such! Anything would be a huge help right now! My sister is a size 10 (medium) and the girls are sizes 4/5 (small). You can send things via my mom!

Diane Minter
c/o Sue Tyler
PO Box 374
Nash, TX 75569

Bless you all!!

Friday, November 2, 2007

STRIKE!

So it begins!
http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/

Excerpt:

'What's the biggest issue? Internet and New Media

What are we asking for in Internet and New Media? Two things: 1. Residuals for reuse of content (like replaying tv shows) on the internet. We're asking for residuals of 2.5% of revenue
-- that means for every dollar they get paid, we'd get 2 and a half
cents. It's a flat percentage, so if they're right and they're never
ever going to make a penny, well then, we won't either. No harm, no
foul. Since 2.5% is our starting point, in any normal negotiation we'd
end up somewhere between what they want to pay (.3%) and what we're
asking for (2.5%). I'd guess 1 to 1.5 %. 2. Coverage and protections for original content (new stuff we create for the internet.) We're asking for basic protections so that when we write original stuff for the internet, we have rights -- health and pension, minimum amounts, credits and separated rights
(so if we make some amazing character or show, we get the right to
share in its success.) We're just asking for the same protections we
already have for writing in TV or film. Nothing new or weird. Just the
basics.


What are the other issues? DVDs: Currently we get .3% per dvd, we're asking for .6%. Translation: now we get 4 cents per dvd. We are asking for 8 cents per dvd. Since most DVD's cost at least 10 bucks, that doesn't exactly seem like a bank-breaker. Whatever. Enforcement of Coverage:  There
are lots of shows, like game shows, documentaries and talk shows, where
writing is supposed to be covered under our contract. The companies
sometimes just ignore the contract -- which means folks don't get
health and pension, and if they ask for it, they get fired. We want
them to stop that, and honor the contract they signed. Expansion of Coverage: We
want to cover stuff where writers are working without coverage, which
means without health and pension and other protections. The two big
areas are animation and reality. We think those writers should be covered.