The television writers strike took center stage on a downtown Phoenix street today.
About 22 Arizona members of the writers guild picketed in front of the Fox 10 Studios on Washington Street.
Philip Taylor is a guild member who teaches screen writing at ASU. He says TV viewers will suffer if the strike isn’t ended soon.
“Essentially all the shows are going to be off the air within two or three months or in reruns and of course there will be more reality programming and I’m sure we all want that,” Taylor said.
Taylor was one of the writers of the “Mork and Mindy” television series.
The writers are looking for more residuals from DVD sales of their works, among other things.
Writer Marv Kupler said it’s depressing for him to go to the video store.
“Every time I see something I did on DVD, I realize I don’t get a penny for it,” Kupler said. “The studios get the money, we get nothing, so we made a bad deal.”
The writers said the union blew it during the 1988 writers strike when it caved in to residuals for video rentals. They say it’s time to rectify that situation.