In an email letter to members Tuesday, the guild's leaders issued a "call to arms" in response to the offer from
"As writers, we face a landscape today that the founders of our Guild would hardly recognize," wrote Guild President Chris Keyser and negotiating committee Co-Chairs Chip Johannessen and
The resulting industrywide consolidation has reduced opportunities for writers, the letter added: "Fewer movies being made. Fewer development deals. Smaller TV staffs. And lower quotes ... because the industry was suddenly in the hands of only six - six! - conglomerates. And the Writers Guild, without a voice in Washington to protest, was unable to save the business from strangling itself.
Now, those six conglomerates are threatening to swallow one another. Think of that. Between them,
Keyser and his colleagues concluded by asking members to contribute to the union's political action committee in Washington.
"The checks you write to your favorite Senate candidates cannot influence policy," they wrote. "But a powerful PAC, supporting candidates in the name of the WGA, gives us a fighting chance in the war against the corporate madness that threatens us all."