Writers Guild Hits CES; CES Hits Back
At the heart of the ongoing writers strike is the issue of whether writers should get a cut of of online and digitally distributed content. So, what better place to bring up the matter than at CES?
"They tell us there's no money in online entertainment," reads a flier that the Writers Guild of America members were passing around yesterday at The Wynn Hotel & Casino. "Someone want to tell Bill Gates that?"
Not so fast, strikers. My (striking) writer friend Rob, who may or may not be cranky with me over a crack in my most recent column, tells me that some writers got kicked out of the Wynn yesterday for distributing leaflets about the ongoing strike outside a closed event.
Writer Jane Espenson, who has worked on hit shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Gilmore Girls, and The O.C., says that she and her fellow writers were getting a fair amount of attention from attendees.
"It was like we had coupons for free tiramisu," she writes on her blog which is usually more aimed at dispensing advice to aspiring screenwriters.
Seems like some of the consumer electronics folks paying for their appearance at the event weren't crazy about them grabbing some of the attention; security showed up and asked them to leave after an hour or so, she said, when I talked to her earlier today.
"I felt like someobdy who'd figured out some blackjack counting method," she joked, of getting kicked out.
Espenson says her fellow Writers Guild of America members plans to hit the show today as well -- though they won't be showing up at the Wynn.
Update: Just fixed the second mention of the WGA. As pointed out in the comments below, I screwed that up. Sorry.
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