Episode 205: “Striking 9 to 5: Union Strong with WGA Strike Captain Katherine DiSavino”

“What do we want? Fair Pay! When do we want it? NOW!” The 80’s TV Ladies fast-forward from the 1980s to the RIGHT NOW – for a special "breaking news" episode about the ongoing 2023 WGA Writer’s Strike that is having a major impact on television production – and the future of entertainment as we know it.
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The Conversation

  • How Kate got her start as a playwright – in her parent’s dinner theater!
  • WATCHING JESSICA FLETCHER: How “Murder She Wrote” star Angela Lansbury gave Kate the mystery writing bug.
  • Why did writers overwhelmingly support the Strike Authorization Vote?
  • Why is this strike so different from the last one in 2007-2008?
  • Is it fair that streaming profits have gone up exponentially, but writer pay has gone down 24% since 2014?
  • “I AM THE STRIKE CAPTAIN NOW!”  How Kate and other strike captains organize hundreds of picketing writers every day – right in front of all the major studios in Los Angeles!
  • What do the writers want? Are the Studios willing – or able – to meet their demands? How does AI figure in? What does all this mean for women, BIPOC, disabled and LGBTQ writers?
  • And what happens if the actors in SAG-AFTRA go on strike, too?
  • Does writing end when the script is finished? Nope. Kate discusses how the writing task continues – on set, in post-production and all the way to your screen.
  • HONK THOSE HORNS!  Learn how you can support the WGA, striking writers, teamsters, IATSE crew and actors.
  • What is a “mini-room”? Why is it such a sticking point in negotiations? And how are they leading to the end of TV writing as we know it?
  • Guess what the 80s TV Ladies learned from Jane Fonda on the picket line? (Spoiler: Actors are ready to strike.)

So, join Susan and Sharon – and Kate – as they hit the Hollywood picket lines, strike back at the $3 Trillion dollar Apple Empire, and get to the bottom of our East Coast/West Coast “Hot Labor Summer”!

Our Audio-ography

Find out more about the Writers Guild at WGA.org.

See the WGA asks and the AMPTP "response": WGAcontract2023.org.

Affected by the work stoppage or want to help? Go to Entertainment Community Fund.

Learn more about SAG-AFTRA.

Let them eat Pizza! Donate and find Pizza Queen Jess Morse here. On Venmo. $10.97 = 1 Pizza.

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80s TV Ladies™ Episode 205: “Striking 9 to 5: Union Strong with WGA Strike Captain Katherine DiSavino”
Produced by 134 West and Susan Lambert Hatem.
Hosted by Susan Lambert Hatem and Sharon Johnson.
Guests: Katherine DiSavino.
Sound Engineer and Editor: Kevin Ducey.
Producer: Melissa Roth.
Associate Producer: Sergio Perez.
Music by Amy Engelhardt.
Copyright 2023 134 West, LLC and Susan Lambert. All Rights Reserved.