Speaking of that WGA strike, Variety blogger
Tom McLean explains very clearly why Comic-Con is strike-proof. The comment thread to the post points out something interesting that we had kind of noted in passing, as well: the price for a four-day pass has been raised from $55 (pre-reg) to $75. That should do a wee bit to keep people away. Stress the “wee.” $55 was a very low price considering all that you got.
And speaking of the WGA strike, the impending DGA contract settlement is ratcheting the pressure on everyone:
Top scribes have been telling agents they will seriously consider going fi-core (resigning from the WGA by declaring “financial core” status) should the leadership spurn the terms in the DGA pact. That group, which styles itself as moderate and pragmatic, held a meeting early in the week and has been seeking recruits with the warning that more pain will visit the scribes shortly should Verrone and Young give a thumbs-down to the DGA terms. The DGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers met for the fifth consecutive day Wednesday under a news blackout. Both sides will meet again today at AMPTP headquarters.
Adding to the pressures: studios and networks are using force majeure to cancel dozens of independent contracts. That means lots of people are now out of work. And with the nation headed into a recession, if Lou Dobbs is to be believed, everyone is itching to get back to work.