Q. I wanted to know your thoughts on this article.... For Canadian writers, could a WGA strike actually be beneficial?
I asked my manager in LA, and he said:
I strongly disagree with this one. Yes, everybody is rushing into production, but it's not for Canuck scripts. What I am seeing is buyers trying to cast up their movies. They are not looking for new projects as they won't get done in time for the strike. They are looking for actors and directors. Not much for writers.
So there you go. I'm not sure I'd be crazy about taking advantage of our brethren going out on the picket line to score a few gigs, anyway.
Thanks for your answer. I actually wondered this before I read the article. Your manager seemed to be talking about features, which I can understand, but television might be different, especially if the strike threatens to be a long one. One thought I have about this is that there might be a desire for co-productions (something like Due South- however out of date that reference is) that would utilize Canadian writers, especially if there simply are no American writers available. I don't know what the rules are about that.
As for taking advantage of our southern brethren...no offense to them, but at this point in my career, that's really not something I'm worrying about. I need to move into the neighbourhood before I start worrying about the neighbours.
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