Writers doing what they do best


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Striking writers ought to coin catchier slogans than teachers or janitors or air-traffic controllers, shouldn’t they? With that in mind, Writers Guild picketers at the Prospect Studios in Los Feliz on Tuesday were groping for that perfect phrase between slugs of coffee Tuesday morning. Results were mixed.

‘Hey, ho, management can’t write the show,’ they chanted at 10 a.m. along the studio’s Prospect Avenue entrance, where crew members for ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘The Shield,’ ‘General Hospital’ and other productions often pull in to park.


Soon they moved on to an original: ‘Webcast, DVD: You can’t have it, not for free.’

‘That’s our gate’s very own creation,’ noted WGA member and screenwriter Jennie Chamberlain, clarifying the credit line. ‘Prospect Studios, Gate 3.’

Chamberlain also professed a fondness for ‘Writers united, never divided.’ But for sheer brevity and wordplay, another Gate 3 battle cry, just four syllables, had it beat:

‘We write, you wrong.’

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--Christopher Reynolds