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Friday's Strike Rally Biggest Yet

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Close to 4,000 people — the largest crowd since the strike began — gathered outside the Fox lot today as the writers’ strike entered its fifth day. The mood among striking writers was, um, upbeat. “Yippee kai pay motherf*****,” cheered Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, to rousing applause. “We are going to win this thing. They know they are in the wrong here. The logic would be

obvious to a child. A novelist receives royalties for his books. A

musician receives royalties for their songs. Screenwriters deserve fair

royalties for their work.”

Not only were some of television’s top showrunners on hand Lost‘s Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and Desperate Housewives‘ Marc Cherry — but a bunch of actors showed up as well, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David, Tom Arnold, and Dennis Haysbert. Strikers carried picket signs, shouted

chants, shut down two major streets, and enjoyed refreshments provided by the

agencies. William Morris brought coffee and bagels, UTA handed out energy bars, and those show-offs at CAA provided agency-baked churros.

While rally entertainment was provided by Rage Against the

Machine’s Tom Morello, WGA

West President Patric Verrone was all business, introducing a series of speakers, including

Reverend Jesse Jackson, WGA negotiating

committee chair John Bowman, and

SAG president Alan Rosenberg. Meanwhile, one writer-director-producer summed up the strikers’ position well: “I don’t think

people really understand that the studios are asking the writers to

take a gigantic step backwards,” said Judd Apatow. “If you are going to watch your shows on

the Internet and it’s going to be hooked up to your TV, then writers

should get paid an amount equivalent to what they normally get.

Anything other than that is just a money grab.”

While rally entertainment was provided by Rage Against theMachine’s Tom Morello, WGAWest President Patric Verrone was all business, introducing a series of speakers, includingReverend Jesse Jackson, WGA negotiatingcommittee chair John Bowman, andSAG president Alan Rosenberg. Meanwhile, one writer-director-producer summed up the strikers’ position well: “I don’t thinkpeople really understand that the studios are asking the writers totake a gigantic step backwards,” said Judd Apatow. “If you are going to watch your shows onthe Internet and it’s going to be hooked up to your TV, then writersshould get paid an amount equivalent to what they normally get.Anything other than that is just a money grab.”