Although the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike isn’t directly related to the orchestra business, the core issue they are striking over is. At the heart of the matter is what sort of share will writers get of revenue from new media. In this business the revenues simply haven’t been large enough to necessitate any serious considerations by any players’ association or management to induce a work stoppage but in Hollywood, it is a different story…
What caught my eye this morning is an interview with Actor/Comedian Robin Williams on NBC’s Today Show where he talked about walking the picket line with striking writers. In his own unique way, Williams described a very complex issue of profits, creative accounting, and past practices, all of which have the writers concerned.
Seeing photos of Williams on the picket line and listening to him talk reminded me of the recent situation is San Antonio where singer Tony Bennett took a moment from a performance in town to support the symphony musicians.
If I can find any video from William’s interview, I’ll post it later today.