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WGeh! – Into the Devil’s Cave: A Trip to amptp.org

In TV on January 13, 2008 at 12:11 am

I get it that you can’t just sit down and take a beating. But isn’t it awful when you do start fighting, that you end up hitting yourself?

The AMPTP : The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Also know as Satan by WGA supporters. They are the ones negotiating not negotiating with the writers. I decided to Google them and find their website. It’s at amptp.org  . You arrive at the hompage and can instantly see their spin on things.

(Before we go too far, I would like to ask the AMPTP why they can’t cough up a few extra dollars to get a logo that wasn’t design by someone who can’t write on a single line… I guess they weren’t a writer.)

You’re presented with a set of two widgets named “Pencils Down… is Adding Up”. One shows how much the strike is costing the writers – Demoralize the enemy – and  how much it’s costing the IATSE – Make the enemy turn against each other.

Finally a sequence of images shows which hard working members of the community are getting paid less than an average working writer: surgeons, family doctors and airplane pilots. Not to mention teachers, fire fighters, police offers and EMTs combined. Those greedy writing basterds! How dare they… what? Oh you’re wondering why they say “working” writers. Well, Jimmy, that’s because, according to this writer-made video (nicely done with what I assume is Keynote)…

Only 52 % of them work at any given moment. I bet those officers love their steady jobs.

Let’s move on to the AMPTP’s fact-o-rama page “Dollars & Sense.” Here are some interesting facts for you:

-In the top 10 shows of the 06 to 07 TV season, only 4 shows were scripted. The rest was probably mindless reality show crap. Congratulations America! Most of you don’t know quality TV.

-In their current contract, writers get residuals for New Media only content (read strait-to-Internet). The AMPTP was unable to convince them to do that stuff pro bono, it seems. Who would have guessed?

-6 out of 10 movies can never make more profit than it cost to make it in the first place. Stop making bad movies, then!

On the Video page, they have a video (done in maybe PowerPoint although saying so would be disrespecting it’s capabilities) that is trying to portay the WGA as evil for trying to gain more power. Hell, according to the writers’ video, you’ve been screwing them over for about two decades with home video. I don’t blame them for wanting more power.

You can visit AMPTP site yourself to discover all the group’s failed attempt at vilifying the WGA. “Vilify,” where did I hear that before?

P.S. : The directors are now going up against the AMPTP for their contract. Good luck, guys.

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