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Kutner: No, I don't think people are freaking out, I think people are certainly wary and concerned and, you know, what if the worst-case scenario happens. I think people are thinking about this, but I don't see that translated into the mood, at least this past week. People are very, like, fired up about this, I think, and passionate, and even though they recognize that it could become a long, grueling haul; I mean, people knew that as a possibility going into this. And like I said, you know, like if there's no movement in the next few weeks, you know, that mood could shift a little bit. But I think at least right now, no one -- people are ready to, to fight.

Sars: I was reading on United Hollywood -- like, three hours I spent reading all the comments -- there was a discussion about alternate distribution systems and so on. Has there been any discussion amongst your colleagues or on the line about alternatives of that sort? Or are you mostly focused on solving this problem right now?

Kutner: You're talking about if you would pursue, like, distributing our material elsewhere?

Sars: Right, or going through the internet, the -- whatever, Will-Ferrell-model type of stuff.

Kutner: I think people are definitely thinking about that a lot; I don't think there's anything in terms of action, but it's definitely like...a lot of us feel like the studios don't even want to deal with us, they don't even want to be in the business of paying creative people. So I think you're gonna see, at least you're gonna see a lot of people embarking on ventures on the internet. I don't know if it's necessarily gonna be for pay or not, although there are some models for that; I think you're definitely going to see people dipping their toes into that. I don't know if there's been a decision, or I don't think there's a feeling on behalf of the industry as a whole that we're just gonna sort of en masse do that, but I think you're going to start seeing more ventures of that taking on -- even if we reach a successful resolution soon on the strike, I think people are a little bit disenchanted with, you know, sort of their corporate bosses at this point, so for sure. At the same time, I mean, we are making a lot of money in TV and film -- I mean the industry as a whole, and if we can get some kind of piece of it, I think it's definitely still worthwhile for creative people to stick with that, and even with all the shit you have to put up with, you take someone who creates a successful show, and it's really satisfying, and they may not make as much money as people used to make on it, but they're still gonna do okay, and get to do what they really love to do and reach a lot of people, and you know, the internet is a great sort of wave of the future, but in some ways, still no replacement for reaching a few million people all at the same time. I mean, that stuff is changing, I think, with TiVo, and what they call time-shifting, where people are watching stuff on the network websites or on their iPods, or even just on their DVR without commercials later on --

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Kutner: No, I don't think people are freaking out, I think people are certainly wary and concerned and, you know, what if the worst-case scenario happens. I think people are thinking about this, but I don't see that translated into the mood, at least this past week. People are very, like, fired up about this, I think, and passionate, and even though they recognize that it could become a long, grueling haul; I mean, people knew that as a possibility going into this. And like I said, you know, like if there's no movement in the next few weeks, you know, that mood could shift a little bit. But I think at least right now, no one -- people are ready to, to fight.

Sars: I was reading on United Hollywood -- like, three hours I spent reading all the comments -- there was a discussion about alternate distribution systems and so on. Has there been any discussion amongst your colleagues or on the line about alternatives of that sort? Or are you mostly focused on solving this problem right now?

Kutner: You're talking about if you would pursue, like, distributing our material elsewhere?

Sars: Right, or going through the internet, the -- whatever, Will-Ferrell-model type of stuff.

Kutner: I think people are definitely thinking about that a lot; I don't think there's anything in terms of action, but it's definitely like...a lot of us feel like the studios don't even want to deal with us, they don't even want to be in the business of paying creative people. So I think you're gonna see, at least you're gonna see a lot of people embarking on ventures on the internet. I don't know if it's necessarily gonna be for pay or not, although there are some models for that; I think you're definitely going to see people dipping their toes into that. I don't know if there's been a decision, or I don't think there's a feeling on behalf of the industry as a whole that we're just gonna sort of en masse do that, but I think you're going to start seeing more ventures of that taking on -- even if we reach a successful resolution soon on the strike, I think people are a little bit disenchanted with, you know, sort of their corporate bosses at this point, so for sure. At the same time, I mean, we are making a lot of money in TV and film -- I mean the industry as a whole, and if we can get some kind of piece of it, I think it's definitely still worthwhile for creative people to stick with that, and even with all the shit you have to put up with, you take someone who creates a successful show, and it's really satisfying, and they may not make as much money as people used to make on it, but they're still gonna do okay, and get to do what they really love to do and reach a lot of people, and you know, the internet is a great sort of wave of the future, but in some ways, still no replacement for reaching a few million people all at the same time. I mean, that stuff is changing, I think, with TiVo, and what they call time-shifting, where people are watching stuff on the network websites or on their iPods, or even just on their DVR without commercials later on --

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