Tragedy + Time = Comedy 55 – Comedy World
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
June 22, 2017
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Rick Rosner: All of that has been stripped away by rapacious economic policies and changes to what America does, industrially, but the Writers’ Guild still has a pension. Every year, in retirement, as long as the pension fund doesn’t go bankrupt, you get just under 3% of your total earnings during your Guild career.
So if you made $100,000 per year for 10 years, that’s a million bucks. It is just under 3% of that million bucks of Guild earnings as a pension, which is about $29,000 a year. It is a lot, lot better than not getting it.
Then you get to as a Guild member screeners out the butt. Guild members vote on best writers of movies and TV shows, which means every year you get copies. It used to mean the copies would arrive on VHS tapes until about 10 years ago.
Now, they will arrive on passwords to watch the movies and the shows. This is awesome for impressing your spouse who s wondering if you have a job or not yet, but you can say, “But we got a copy of Hidden Figures.”
Also, you get to show up at LA theatres, show them the card, and then can watch movies that are contending for Oscars, which is also good for your frustrated spouse. You get all of the screeners and the FYCs, which are four year considerations.
That is where you can go and see the cast. You can go and see a cast from the show, and they will answer questions from the audience or a moderator. There is food and drinks [Laughing]. Right now, it is the middle of FYC season.
You can go and mingle with them, especially if you’re aggressive and be served by people like Wolfgang Puck, which is to try and win your vote for a movie. Sometimes, it works. Last year, we went to American Crime.
Not only is American Crime an awesome show, it is also one of the greatest guys writing in Hollywood right now. It is brutal and explores things that no other show explores and to a degree that no other show does.
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American Television Writer
Scott Douglas Jacobsen
Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing
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