Industry Strikes


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Interviewees discuss union and guild strikes and how they impacted television production.

Highlights
Larry Gelbart on the 1985 Academy Awards show, which he was asked to write, but during which there was a Writer's Guild strike; his comittment to the WGA during this time
Esme Chandlee on dealing with the Teamster's strike in 1945
Asaad Kelada on how "The Dinner Party," an episode of The Office was delayed due to the Writers' Strike
William Schallert on his tenure as President of SAG and a strike
Dan Wilcox on the television writers strike of 2007
Sid Caesar on skipping a rehearsal to relieve tensions when less experienced crew fill-ins were used during a strike on Your Show of Shows in the 1950s
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Sid Caesar

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Sid Caesar on skipping a rehearsal to relieve tensions when less experienced crew fill-ins were used during a strike on Your Show of Shows in the 1950s

Esme Chandlee

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Esme Chandlee on dealing with the Teamster's strike in 1945

David Chase

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David Chase on a memorable encounter with Steve Allen on the picket line for the Writers Guild of America strike in 1974

Dorothy Fontana

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Dorothy Fontana on working at Revue Studios during the actor and writers' strikes in 1960

Larry Gelbart

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Larry Gelbart on the effect the Writer's Guild Strike in 1973 had on the production of M*A*S*H
Larry Gelbart on the 1985 Academy Awards show, which he was asked to write, but during which there was a Writer's Guild strike; his comittment to the WGA during this time

Asaad Kelada

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Asaad Kelada on how "The Dinner Party," an episode of The Office was delayed due to the Writers' Strike

Bill Melendez

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Bill Melendez on Disney animators going on strike in 1941 and Walt Disney's reaction to the strike
Bill Melendez on the Disney animators strike of 1941, on the leader of the strike, and Walt Disney's response to the strike

Anne Nelson

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Anne Nelson on dealing with unions and strikes

Abraham Polonsky

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Abraham Polonsky on his work on You Are There, and his continued blacklisting

Del Reisman

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Del Reisman on his association with the Writers Guild of America West
Del Reisman on the Writers Guild strike of 1988

William Schallert

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William Schallert on his tenure as President of SAG and a strike

John Strauss

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John Strauss on his participation in two union strikes

Tucker Wiard

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Tucker Wiard on the strike in Hollywood and how that affected his work on Murphy Brown

Dan Wilcox

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Dan Wilcox on the television writers strike of 2007

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