Top 10 Striking Writers Demands

Striking television writers delivered David Letterman's Top 10 list, "Demands of the Striking Writers," on his show last night:

10. "Complimentary tote bag with next insulting contract offer" — Tim Carvell, from "The Daily Show."

9. "No rollbacks in health benefits, so I can treat the hypothermia I caught on the picket lines" — Laura Krafft, from "The Colbert Report."

8. "Full salary and benefits for my imaginary writing partner, Lester" — Melissa Salmons, writer for daytime TV.

7. "Members of the AMPTP must explain what the hell AMPTP stands for" — Warren Leight, writer for "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."

6. "No disciplinary action taken against any writer caught having inappropriate relationship with a copier" — Jay Katsir, from "The Colbert Report."

5. "I'd like a date with a woman" — Steve Bodow, from "The Daily Show."

4. "Hazard pay for breaking up fights on `The View'" — from writer and director Nora Ephron.

3. "I'm no accountant, but instead of us getting 4 cents for a $20 DVD, how about we get $20 for a 4-cent DVD?" — Gina Johnfrido of "Law & Order."

2. "I don't have a joke. I just want to remind everyone that we're on strike, so none of us are responsible for this lame list" — Chris Albers from Conan O'Brien's "Late Night."

1. "Producers must immediately remove their heads from their -----" — author Alan Zwiebel.

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldnt this constitute the writers actually writing for television? How does this not violate their own strike?


J_Jammer said...

I believe David Letterman's production company worked out a decent payment to their writers. I believe that's why they went back on the air. I could be wrong...but that's what I heard. =P

The Judge said...

So as long as they pay them that's OK to break their own picket lines? That seems a bit strange.

Anonymous said...

My understanding of the situation is that the production company behind Letterman's show worked out a deal with the WGA, which has the effect of ending the strike for that company. This means that writers can work for Letterman without worrying about the strike, and thus the strike is irrelevant here.

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