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LOST Writers Prepared for Strike

Hey All,
This is something I have not posted a blog about, because a part of me just hoped it would just go away....

Before I start I want to preface my comments by saying that I honestly do not know the details of the disagreement.....but I can tell you I have several friends in the industry that have told me straight up that this all a bunch of crap...

So I am not too sure what to say, but from what I have seen with strikes in the entertainment industry they are usually about how to split up the pot of money for everyone...writers are usually the brains behind everything we watch so hopefully both sides figure things and put aside their differences to get the deal done.

The strike is a real possibility and will affect every show and movie that has not been written or produced....however LOST could become a big winner if the strike last an extended period of time....

We know LOST is not scheduled to return in Feb., but the producers, cast and crew have been working hard since August and half of the season has already been produced, so it is possible that LOST could survive the strike while other shows will not....

Here are the details from an article in Variety:

Thanks to a devoted fan base, the return of ABC's "Lost" is already one of the most anticipated moments of the 2007-08 primetime. But events may well conspire to make the fourth season of the show an actual blockbuster.

ABC's serial thriller is set to return to the Alphabet in early February under terms of the deal cut last May that called for the series to wrap up in 2010 after three more seasons of 16 segs apiece.

ABC's desire to run the 16 episodes over consecutive weeks without repeats -- to keep the show's dramatic momentum going a la Fox's "24" -- dictated that fans would have to wait with bated breath for the show to bow in February rather than during the traditional fall rollout.

Now, with the threat of a writers strike becoming a more distinct possibility, "Lost" may wind up being one of the net's precious few fresh scripted offerings in the season's second half.

Because of the late premiere date, "Lost" scribes have gotten a major head start on the writing for this season's 16 scripts, and as of October they're understood to have completed production on at least seven segs.

Interestingly, "Lost" exec producer Carlton Cuse is one of the 17 members of the Writers Guild's contract negotiating committee, though no one is conspiratorial enough to suggest he could have plotted it this way all along.

But it's probably not a coincidence that at a time when compensating writers for their work in the digital realm is one of the points of major contention between WGA and the AMPTP, "Lost" is the only TV production show to come to terms with the WGA, DGA and SAG on production of the "Lost Video Diaries" designed for mobile phones and Web plays.

As always thanks for reading and namaste.