Hi everyone, I saw that there was no thread on this yet, and this is a huge part of my life, so I thought I'd provide some background for everybody. The Writer's Guild of America (WGA) are the writers of film and television. They went on strike on Monday when they were unable to reach an agreement on their contract with the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers). The main issue is about residuals in what is referred to as "new media", meaning the internet, Tivo, etc. Writers are not paid more for shows that are streaming on the internet, even though the studios make money on them through advertising. The writers are also asking for a new formula to calculate residuals from DVD sales. The whole story can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wga_strike Wikipedia does a pretty good job of summing it up in layman's terms. There is also an up to the minute blog on Latimes.com under the entertainment section. Several shows have already been shut down (if you'd like to know about a specific show, please PM me and I can let you know). Because it is expected to be a prolonged strike, some shows are scrambling to put out some sort of finale since this may be the end of their season. Most shows have new episodes until January or so, then after that its all reruns and reality shows. I just wanted to put this story out there. I know many people might not find the entertainment industry important or relevant, but it is the industry I love and make my living in. I am not part of the WGA, nor am I an upper level studio person. I am someone who falls in the middle, who is not striking, nor will I benefit in any way from the strike. Because of this, my overtime was cut, therefore cutting my paycheck in half this week, and I was informed today that I will most likely be laid off by the end of next week. I don't want to make this my sob story, but I really want people to know about this. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to PM me!