November 9, 2007
FANS STAND BEHIND WRITERS IN LABOR DISPUTE
Fans4Writers.com Web site launched to pool resources, coordinate activities
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - "Don't write until it's right."
That's the message fans have for writers of their favorite shows as the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike nears the end of its first week. On Thursday, November 8, an ad hoc group of fans from around the nation launched Fans4Writers.com, as part of a grassroots coordinated effort to support WGA writers.
"As fans, obviously we want to see our shows back on the air as soon as possible," said organizer Brenda Lawhorn. "But at the same time, we recognize that it's the writers who make these shows so compelling, and they need to get fair compensation for the work they do."
The Fans4Writers campaign is made up of several components:
DIRECT SUPPORT: Through its "Food for Thought" program, Fans4Writers will organize and facilitate the delivery of provisions to writers on the picket lines. In addition, fans will gather to join their favorite writers on the picket lines.
MORAL SUPPORT: Through a paid ad in a major publication, fans will tell the industry - and the public - in no uncertain terms that they support the writers' right to a fair deal.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: At the conclusion of the strike, any remaining funds will be donated to the Writers Guild Foundation to support its charitable and educational activities.
"The studios might not be prepared to value the writers highly enough to offer them a fair deal," said Christopher Frankonis, another of the site's organizers. "But the fans will commit themselves, their time, their energy, and their money to show just how highly we value them, for as long as the strike lasts."
Fans4Writers volunteers will make another "Food for Thought" food drop at 9 a.m. Friday morning at the WGA's planned picket line, in front of the 20th Century Fox studio on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles.
# # #
ABOUT FANS4WRITERS: The Fans4Writers Web site and effort are unaffiliated with the Writers Guild of America, except in spirit.