As someone who hopes to be in the WGA one day, and as a current SAG member (and former member of the Board of Directors) I am in complete and total solidarity with the Writer's Guild. It's quite heartening to me, also, to see that so many people refuse to be fooled by the lies that the six companies who control all of the media have been trying to spread.
The AMPTP has been successful (and helped by the news media they own) in spreading FUD about the things the writers are asking for. This post at United Hollywood puts some important numbers into perspective:
"But can the corporations really afford to pay you what you're asking for?"
Let's set aside for the moment the issue of what the congloms say in their press releases to us (which is basically "There's no money! Ever! And if there was, we spent it all on other projects that lost money so it's gone! Forever! We're broke! We're having to rent our yachts!") and focus on some hard numbers thoughtfully provided by Jonathan Handel on the Huffington Post yesterday.
He writes an excellent (I think) and even-handed analysis that takes into account the effect pattern bargaining will have in calculating real numbers of what we're asking for, and what it will cost the companies, individually, to pay us.
It comes, by his calculation, to $125 million per conglomerate per year -- if we got every single thing we're asking for.
That, by the way, is less than the $140 million Disney spent to fire Michael Ovitz for 15 months of work.
And finally, a meager contribution from the actor half of me: