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  • Marc Cherry, Desperate Housewives creator: ""We're the most high-profile writers in television, If we all band together, we're sending a not so subtle message to the powers that be that without us, there is no TV. Period." via E Online

  • Hillary Clinton: "I support the Writers Guild's pursuit of a fair contract that pays them for their work in all mediums. I hope the producers and writers will return to the bargaining table to work out an equitable contract that keeps our entertainment industry strong and recognizes the contributions writers make to the success of the industry." via HillaryClnton.com

  • Glenn Close: "I've made my profession by having wonderful words by wonderful writers coming out of my mouth, so I am very much in support of the writers. The world is changing very fast with television and Internet and all the complicated things, and I think it's inevitable that this would have happened." via CBSNews

  • Carlton Cuse, Lost executive producer: "We're talking about a community of essentially middle-class writers who aren't getting rich as a result of their choice of occupation. They do it for passion and they just want to be respected.... The losses that we sustain in a strike will not be made up by this contract. This is a strike for the future. This is strike for future generations of writers. It's just a critical point in the evolution of the business." via L.A. Times

  • Patrick Dempsey: "My concern is not so much for myself really, because I'll be alright, but I think how long this strike lasts is going to affect a lot of people that are living paycheck to paycheck -- they are going to be damaged profoundly by this, and I think that's a real tragedy. I think a lot of people and a lot of families are going to be in a difficult place in their lives; hopefully we can come to some sort of understanding and resolve this soon enough that it doesn't affect those people." via Usmagazine.com

  • John Edwards: "The striking Writers Guild members are fighting an important battle to protect their creative rights. These writers deserve to be compensated fairly for their work, and I commend their courage in standing up to big media conglomerates. As someone who has walked picket lines with workers all across America and as a strong believer in collective bargaining, I hope that both sides are able to quickly reach a just settlement." by JohnEdwards.com

  • Dustin Hoffman: "My general feeling is that if the big stars are pocketing, and the producers are pocketing, then the writers should be pocketing too. Period. Full stop." via National Post

  • Ron Howard: "The problem is even though it's hard to define what the downloading really means, on a fundamental level, it's going to start eroding the market for television residuals, Both television residuals and DVD sales are things that creative union members really depend upon in order to sustain careers. The backbone of the industry -- not the elite and not the fringe members -- but the real backbone members need it so it's naive to assume looking the other way is not going to start eroding their earnings power. I think there's ultimately going to be a resolution and as much force and encouragement as can be placed on the situation to try to get a resolution, the better." via Hollywood Reporter

  • Lisa Kudrow: "Honestly, there's a lot of money to be made, and these big companies know they're going to have to make a deal with the writers and the directors and the actors. And they're not asking for an unreasonable amount. It's a tiny sliver. Just sit down and start negotiating instead of putting everybody out of work. For all we know, they've already figured something out, but they're trying to make the number as low as possible. Actors feel a little conflicted about crossing a picket line to go to work and help make product for the very people who are not being that cooperative about making a deal." via USA Today

  • Bill Lawrence: Scrubs creator and executive producer: "Right now, I fear that a lot of the writers have no real clue just how tough this is going to be. I'd imagine things will get very grim sometime after Christmas, I've kind of won the lottery in having a few shows that went to syndication in both Scrubs and Spin City, so anything I say about my own sacrifice would drip with selfishness. This is such a bigger deal for the guys who work below the line and largely live hand-to-mouth and the younger writers who can't go without a paycheck for very long." via BuddyTV

  • Jay Leno: "I've been working with these people for 20 years. Without them I'm not funny. I'm a dead man without them. There a lot of misconceptions about how much these people make. Most of them are not highly paid. Some are, but the average make about 30 grand a year. I'm out here to support the writers. I'm on the writers' side." via L.A. Times

  • Damon Lindelof, Lost co-creator: "If this strike lasts longer than three months, an entire season of television will end this December. No dramas. No comedies. No Daily Show. The strike will also prevent any pilots from being shot in the spring, so even if the strike is settled by then, you won't see any new shows until the following January. As in 2009. Both the guild and the studios we are negotiating with do agree on one thing: this situation would be brutal." via New York Times

  • Barack Obama: "I stand with the writers. The Guild's demand is a test of whether media corporations are going to give writers a fair share of the wealth their work creates or continue concentrating profits in the hands of their executives. I urge the producers to work with the writers so that everyone can get back to work." via BarackObama.com

  • Sumner M. Redstone, executive chairman of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp.: "Look, we've been preparing for this for a long time, We're certainly not happy about it and we hope that it is settled amicably, but we feel we're pretty well positioned to live with a strike." via L.A. Times

  • Sarah Silverman, ""It's so crazy ridiculous...all the writers want is a small percentage of the money that the producers are making on the things that they're writing. They're getting zero." via Writer's Blog

  • Ben Stiller: "As a DGA, SAG and WGA member, this is a very tough time. Movies that are in production get affected because no script changes can happen. We had to make sure any rewrites were done before the strike, but changes happen every day. So, I'm saying right now, if this movie's not funny enough next year, it's because of this strike. The writers have always been the ones who didn't get respect. In a way, I wish all the unions could have gone out at the same time, because it would have sent an even stronger message. Studios need to take this seriously." via USA Today

  • Robert Thompson, professor of communications at Syracuse University: "This could be the final nail in the coffin of soap operas. You take those soap operas away and find something like talk shows or game shows to put in their place, and the chances of the soaps coming back are slim. They're too expensive. They've got huge casts. They don't have a rerun season. They're incredibly inefficient, and talk shows tend to perform at least as well." via Cleveland.com

  • Lily Tomlin: "I'm here to support the writers. Our show was shut down; our whole cast is here to say SAG supports the Writers Guild. The central issue right now is that the writers have no share of the new media, and everyone knows that's where the future is heading and they certainly deserve their fair share." via wsws.org

  • Joss Whedon: "This is an era of change, and for the giant conglomo-tainment empires, it will either be the Renaissance or the Ice Age. Because we will not stand down. Writers can be replaced, as we are constantly reminded. But so can companies. Power is on the move, and though in this town it's been hoarded by very few, there are other companies with newer ideas about how to make money off of - or possibly, wonderfully, with - the story-tellers. Personally, I like things almost the way they are. I truly hope the executives negotiating for the AMPTP make the few simple concessions that will allow us to work with them again. I want to work. I have this idea, for a show about a girl... I even have the actress for it. And if we strike effectively, maybe she won't have to." via Writer's Blog

  • David Young, WGA's chief negotiator: "This is a watershed negotiation for the Writers Guild, This is not the average negotiation. This has the potential to determine writers' income from the Internet and new media for the next generation and beyond." via L.A. Times

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