The AMPTC’s Action Against The Creative Class Exposes That Entire Film Ecosystem Is Now At Stake
(We can’t call them “producers”)
This is the 2nd part of a 3 part article. Tomorrow’s round-up on how Labor can win and advance everything for the creative class will be entirely free for everyone. I was caught by surprise yesterday by how so many of us were thinking the same thing at the same time: that The Studios must separate from the Tech Bro Co’s. Matt Belloni spoke to NPR about how their interests are not aligned. Jonathan Handel exposed the cracks within the org FKA-AMPTP (we need to change their “producer” to a more truthful word — aka AMPTC), and the WGA itself sent a letter to their membership speaking of the same divide-and-conquer strategy I too suggested yesterday, and it rattled the AMPTC so much they pledged allegience again, but I suspect that they doth protest too much. And since we are all aligned, perhaps we can now pour some gasoline. To the barricades all!
Our world has not only changed, it is now always changing rapidly, and we need to strategize how to keep up.
Our industry has changed and will continue changing at a super fast rate, for ever and ever and ever still. The current strikes indicate how most of us have failed to keep up, but it is not too late. Despite the clear evidence before us that we should have adapted to the changes long ago, our actions have yet to change. We are looking at the situation but refusing to see it as it really is. We are holding onto our old perceptions that are no longer applicable.
All sides are stuck in a fog. This should not be much of a surprise. Look at the whole wide world: we have created a system that floods everything with shit. Did anyone really want this? Even the ones that have gotten sticking rich from these blunders? I don’t think so.
We are destroying the things we love. We are destroying the things that give us sustenance. We are destroying what once made us better people and communities. We are destroying art. We are destroying our soul. Sigh…. Why so glum, chum?
We no longer know what business we are in. We no longer know what our priorities should be. We forgot that our factory makes our widget – that the system we are in not only determines the product we make, but how we value it, and who benefits as a result. But WE can change the system, and much of everything with it.
We forgot that we don’t have to accept things as they were or even as they are, and that we can truly make something better by working together. We’ve been tricked and we have to walk out of the mist.
All sides in the WGA & SAG strikes must take stock at what the true situation is and course correct. The sustainability of the motion picture and series businesses are at stake – and will continue to be so for years to come.
Our best hope is for both the unions, the studios, and the tech companies to
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