A reply to Steve Hewett's recent post about the WGA strike.
True, but the WGA collects residuals as well, AND negotiated residuals for their projects.
And primetime animation.
I like my 839 health plan. I think it's awesome. But there's no reason we shouldn't get more.
Especially in animation - and especially in CHILDREN'S animation - where they rerun the crap out of the stuff we do.
There were a lot of different emotions in the room. Anger: "Why are we such second-class citizens?"
Because they are allowed to be. The fact is, board artist should be paid like writers. And there should be a formula that allows for residuals to be paid out on both a script and board based show.
* Unions and guilds all achieved residuals of one kind or another in the early 1960s. Residuals for the WGA and SAG went straight into members' pockets.
But they ALSO have health care, Steve. That's the point. There's no reason there shouldn't be both.
You're in the middle of a three year contract? Take a shot - during the next round of negotiations - at getting residuals for your writers: Both script and board.
What's the worst that could happen?