A response to
THIS POST FROM PAUL HAGGIS
ANOTHER POST FROM LAETA KALOGRIDIS
"As a non-prime time/non-guild covered cartoon writer, I hope the WGA gets Feature Animation. There's no reason for it not to.
TV Animation - at least for those of us stuck within IATSE - is a dead/done deal this round (in my opinion), because the WGA can't fight for what they deserve AND wrestle IATSE/Union 839 writers into their guild at the same time.
It would be a waste of energy and a division of focus to do that. Writers have momentum and unity on their side - I hope the WGA doesn't let the AMPTP divide them over something that's basically an issue of labor law.
The studios picked our union for us - in 1940, and (in the case of Nickelodeon) in 2001 - regardless of what they might say.
But getting out of a union, or changing unions, is a much bigger fight than fighting with your union for things your union can fight for.
That being said, aiming for the things that haven't been decided yet? Reality? Feature Animation? New Media? Go for it. That's a battle that can be won.
And that's a battle for the future of all writers - day time animation, prime time animation and feature animation alike.
You guys can check out the TAG board:
Or the blog written by the TAG's rep, Steve Hewett:
...to see the union that non-prime time animation writers are working with.
It's a branch of Tommy Short's IATSE, and none of us are happy with the contentious relationship he's got with the WGA..."