The Hollywood Writers Strike

Well, even Tina Fey got on the picket line in New York City yesterday, so you know it’s serious.
A few years ago, with a looming baseball strike, I wondered what would happen if advertising creatives had a union.
Advertising is a commercial art–just like TV is. But copywriters and art directors don’t have a union, generally don’t get paid on the level of TV writers, don’t have the slightest bit of recourse for job grievances, or get any kind of residuals pertaining to what they do. Hell, there are things I wrote 6 years ago that are still in use, long after I got shitcanned.
So I’d like to know what you think: Do you have any sympathy for Hollywood writers? Are you jealous and wish advertising creatives could unionize?



About Dan Goldgeier

Dan Goldgeier is a Seattle-based freelance copywriter with experience at advertising agencies across the U.S. He is a graduate of the Creative Circus ad school, and currently teaches at Seattle's School of Visual Concepts. Dan is also a columnist for and the author of View From The Cheap Seats and Killer Executions and Scrubbed Decks.