Labor/Employment

Q: I’m a member of the WGA. I have a friend who’s just starting out as a producer and has an outline he really wants to develop. He’s got just a little bit of money (less than WGA minimums) to pay me to write the script, which I’m going to do in my off time just to help him out. My only concern is that I don’t want him to get in trouble with the WGA. Is that an issue?

A: I hate to get biblical on you, but I believe you’re a little too concerned about the potential splinter in your friend’s eye when you have a potential log in your own. I’m assuming that your buddy with a handwritten outline working out of his apartment is not a WGA Signatory. Since he has no contractual relationship with the WGA, there’s not much they can do to him. You, on the other hand, do have a contractual relationship with the WGA as one of its members.
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For the uninitiated, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender is a big screen rendition of an immensely popular Nickelodeon television show called “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Due to the release of James Cameron’s Avatar, which shattered box-office sales records worldwide, Paramount Pictures decided to scrap the first part of the show’s title for the film. Thankfully, The Last Airbender wasn’t also based on the novel by Sapphire — otherwise, we would have been in for a world of confusion. Instead, it looks like we’re just in for a world of controversy.
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I’m a mom. I’ve experienced the miracle of childbirth, and it truly is wondrous (and terrifying and, well, sticky). Yet I’ve always been confounded by the popular practice of bringing a camera into the delivery room to chronicle this incredibly private and moving moment. The purpose for many seems to be to hold uncomfortable slide shows for friends and family. That’s entertainment? Personally, I just don’t get it.

Still, during pregnancy, I found myself addicted to the plethora of childbirth reality shows, in which the process of labor and delivery (and typically the first few weeks of baby’s life) is documented with Jacques Cousteau-like surveillance, and then run five days a week on basic cable for all to see. I found it fascinating, yet couldn’t help but ask myself: why do people sign up for this? With all due respect to Andy Warhol, not everyone needs to be famous for fifteen minutes, particularly women in labor and gooey, newborn babies. Many apparently disagree, and to you I say: better you than me.
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