STRIKE.TV: HOLLYWOOD UNPLUGGED was born out of the writers strike. It's mission - to assist, empower, collaborate with and support independent filmmakers in producing and distributing their content. In December 2007, we challenged the members of the Writers Guild - create original programs for the Internet and we will provide you with a website and ad revenue. The ad revenue profits will go to the Writers Guild Foundation Industry Support Fund, now since absorbed by the Actors Fund's Entertainment Assistance Program. The EAP has been offering financial relief and other services to entertainment industry professionals negatively impacted by the strike.
Typically, the Entertainment Assistance Program disburses around $200,000 annually. This year, they have already distributed over $1.3 million in assistance, and they need our help.
The collateral damage from the writers strike is still being felt today by the camera crews, technicians, wardrobe workers, carpenters, set decorators, makeup artists and a host of other below-the-line workers. Recently, the Los Angeles Times documented the effect of the work stoppage on below-the-line workers in a sobering article. The ongoing threat of a SAG strike and the "de facto actors strike" that has resulted from the tenuous negotiations between SAG and the AMPTP has only hurt industry professionals more, and made the Actors Fund a much-needed resource for financial relief and assistance.
All of the web shows and films on our site - as well as the site itself - were made by people who donated their time and energy for this important cause, and in accordance with our pledge, Strike.TV will be donating its first three months of ad revenue profits.
If you'd like to make a donation yourself to the Actors Fund, just follow this link. For more information on giving to The Fund, please contact:
Director of Individual Giving
212.221.7300 ext. 127
Donations to The Actors Fund are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Both are 501 ( c ) 3 organizations.
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