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Now, the question is what are you gonna go and write for -- if you want to go quote-unquote "write for" Dancing With The Stars, or one of the reality shows, which are not covered by the Guild, it's not necessarily -- it's probably not the dream you had, when you sat down in front of your typewriter with your copy of Final Draft. So, it's sort of questionable value in terms of what they would scab for. Movies might be a possibility, I guess -- people might do some rewrites, or agree to have their scripts sold, but you know, it's sort of a risky proposition for people. But that being said, I think people will probably find ways to do it kinda secretly or discreetly, or sort of by fudging what the definitions of what they're doing is.

Sars: But you're talking about current Guild members.

Kutner: Is that what you meant?

Sars: I was thinking more along the lines of -- I mean, I'm interested in both answers, but I was thinking more along the lines of people who haven't managed to break in yet, seeing this as a big opportunity to --

Kutner: Well, people in the Guild -- I didn't mean people in the Guild. People in the Guild who cross the picket line are definitely going to be sort of...doing that, and I was actually talking about the other people. I'm saying, they may be offered opportunities, or pursue them, but I'm not sure they're, like, fantastic opportunities for them, right now. I mean, it might be more things like people writing for the web for what we say are struck companies, that sort of thing, things that are not exactly clear territory, that the Guild writers are definitely not doing, but, you know, why not do that if you're just an aspiring writer.

Sars: And then once this is all over, what will become of those people? Are they going to be employable, if people are aware that they were scabs?

Kutner: Well --

Sars: Or is it a situation where it's like The Replacements, this is their shot and that's it.

Kutner: Right. I'd like to think there won't be a McCarthy-esque atmosphere among us, after all this, but I think there will be -- you know, if they've done this and been successful, their names will sort of get out there, especially now as the writers are probably now communicating with each other more than they ever have before. And like I said, they take that risk, embarking on this. Some of them may just get away with it because no one will know what they did, you know -- a lot of people, no one knows what they write in television or film anyway, and some people will do projects that become more high-profile, or will get around, and you know, they may still get work, they'll find someone who will kinda deal with them, but just, other writers may not hire them, like if it's a TV writer, you know, showrunners may not hire them for their TV shows. As you know, the showrunners have been very prominent in the strike, the showrunners are the writer-producers who either created or supervise a whole show. So they've stayed on the writers' side of the picket line, even though they're contractually obligated to go in and produce, so they're very aware of what the fight is, and a lot of them have risked, you know, season orders, or millions and millions of dollars that they could earn from their show, because they think it's important. So I would think they probably would not hire anyone who was identified as a scab.

Sars: I think that's pretty much all I have, but as we're wrapping up, do you have any websites or blogs that readers might not know about, where they can stay current on stuff and support the Guild members?

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Now, the question is what are you gonna go and write for -- if you want to go quote-unquote "write for" Dancing With The Stars, or one of the reality shows, which are not covered by the Guild, it's not necessarily -- it's probably not the dream you had, when you sat down in front of your typewriter with your copy of Final Draft. So, it's sort of questionable value in terms of what they would scab for. Movies might be a possibility, I guess -- people might do some rewrites, or agree to have their scripts sold, but you know, it's sort of a risky proposition for people. But that being said, I think people will probably find ways to do it kinda secretly or discreetly, or sort of by fudging what the definitions of what they're doing is.

Sars: But you're talking about current Guild members.

Kutner: Is that what you meant?

Sars: I was thinking more along the lines of -- I mean, I'm interested in both answers, but I was thinking more along the lines of people who haven't managed to break in yet, seeing this as a big opportunity to --

Kutner: Well, people in the Guild -- I didn't mean people in the Guild. People in the Guild who cross the picket line are definitely going to be sort of...doing that, and I was actually talking about the other people. I'm saying, they may be offered opportunities, or pursue them, but I'm not sure they're, like, fantastic opportunities for them, right now. I mean, it might be more things like people writing for the web for what we say are struck companies, that sort of thing, things that are not exactly clear territory, that the Guild writers are definitely not doing, but, you know, why not do that if you're just an aspiring writer.

Sars: And then once this is all over, what will become of those people? Are they going to be employable, if people are aware that they were scabs?

Kutner: Well --

Sars: Or is it a situation where it's like The Replacements, this is their shot and that's it.

Kutner: Right. I'd like to think there won't be a McCarthy-esque atmosphere among us, after all this, but I think there will be -- you know, if they've done this and been successful, their names will sort of get out there, especially now as the writers are probably now communicating with each other more than they ever have before. And like I said, they take that risk, embarking on this. Some of them may just get away with it because no one will know what they did, you know -- a lot of people, no one knows what they write in television or film anyway, and some people will do projects that become more high-profile, or will get around, and you know, they may still get work, they'll find someone who will kinda deal with them, but just, other writers may not hire them, like if it's a TV writer, you know, showrunners may not hire them for their TV shows. As you know, the showrunners have been very prominent in the strike, the showrunners are the writer-producers who either created or supervise a whole show. So they've stayed on the writers' side of the picket line, even though they're contractually obligated to go in and produce, so they're very aware of what the fight is, and a lot of them have risked, you know, season orders, or millions and millions of dollars that they could earn from their show, because they think it's important. So I would think they probably would not hire anyone who was identified as a scab.

Sars: I think that's pretty much all I have, but as we're wrapping up, do you have any websites or blogs that readers might not know about, where they can stay current on stuff and support the Guild members?

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