The WGA strike kicked off on Monday with picket lines at all the major studios. The guild has ordered all of its members to do 20 hours of mandatory picket time per week. According to this morning’s Variety, Star Trek producer Damon Linedolof and producer-director J.J. Abrams (who are both guild members) hit the picket lines yesterday to show solidarity for their writing comrades. From the Variety article…
J.J. Abrams ranks among the multihyphenates [writers who also direct and/or produce] caught in the crossfire of a writers strike hitting just as he’s set to start helming a feature, Par’s “Star Trek” franchise revival that’s set to begin lensing Wednesday. Abrams said he would honor his contractual obligation to work as a director on the pic but would render no writing services. And in his downtime, he plans to spend time on Melrose Avenue joining such chants as “Who’s got more money than they can count? Paramount.”
“If I didn’t stand with my fellow writers, I’d feel it in my gut,” Abrams said.
While Abrams was in front of Paramount in Hollywood, Damon Lindelof was hitting the streets in front of Disney in Burbank. Again from Variety:
The strike line outside the Disney lot included the stewards of one of the company’s most valuable properties, ABC drama “Lost.”
“Everybody’s a little saddened and surprised and shocked to be out here,” said “Lost” exec producer Damon Lindelof.
Lindelof and fellow “Lost” exec producer Carlton Cuse, a member of the WGA’s contract negotiating committee, said they spent much of the weekend putting the finishing touches on episode eight of “Lost,” submitting the script to the network on Friday and tweaking it over the weekend.
Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are also expected to put in their time on the lines.
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