|TV Fans Let Their Voices Be Heard On Strike
Buffy/Angel/Firefly Fans Rally at Fox
LOS ANGELES - Over 400 fans of the television series Buffy, the Vampire Slayer; Angel; and Firefly congregated at Twentieth Century Fox Studios Friday, December 7, to demonstrate their support for writers and the Writers Guild of America in their strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). All three series were produced through Mutant Enemy Productions.
Joss Whedon, creator and executive producer of all three series and the head of Mutant Enemy, said, “For the first time, we’re able to make the studios aware the fans are in the equation. They’re the third part of the negotiation. They get behind worthy causes, and storytelling and the basic rights of workers are worthy.”
The rally was organized through a number of internet fan sites for the three shows, including whedonesque.com and fans4writers.com. Asked why they got involved in the strike, Adam Levermore-Rich, one of the coordinators of the event, said, “Without the writers, we have nothing to be fans of. It’s the writers who make the shows what they are. We want to give back.”
Fans of the shows had traveled from all parts of the U.S. with a number coming from around the world. “We have to support the writers so we can have real things on TV. Things worth watching,” said Lara Field, one of a group of eight fans who flew all the way from Australia for the rally. Another fan Jody Houser commented that the writers need support in this fight. “I want to have great shows on TV. And I hope to be a writer someday. When I am, I want to be able to afford to feed myself.”
A large number of writers and actors from the three series turned out to support the fans who were there supporting the writers. Eliza Dushku (Buffy, Tru Calling), Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Drive), Summer Glau (Firefly, The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Felicia Day (Buffy), Ron Glass (Firefly, Shark), Nicholas Brendan (Buffy, Kitchen Confidential), Morena Baccarin (Firefly, Heartland), Tom Lenk (Buffy, Angel), Juliet Landau (Buffy, Angel), J. August Richards (Angel, Conviction), Camden Toy (Buffy, Angel), Amy Acker (Angel, Drive), Harry Groener (Buffy, Las Vegas), Michael Fairman (Firefly) were among the actors present. Dushku, who’ll star in Whedon’s next series, Dollhouse, once the strike is settled, said, “I wholeheartedly support the writers. Their fight is important. And it’s a big story that all these fans showed up to support them.”
Jane Espenson, whose writing credits run from Buffy to Gilmore Girls to Battlestar Galactica, was impressed by rally. “I’m blown away by this turnout. The fans have always been amazing. And now that we need their help, they’ve found a way to provide. And we couldn’t be more grateful.” Other writers from the three series walking the line included Whedon, Marti Noxon, Jane Espenson, Doug Petrie, Mere Smith, Ben Edlund, Jeffrey Bell, Steven DeKnight, David Fury, Diego Gutierrez, Tim Minear, Elizabeth Craft, and Scott Murphy.
Fan Molly Rabbit summed up the event with the following comment: “It’s my birthday tomorrow. What better way to celebrate than to come out and thank the writers – the people who have given me so much enjoyment.”
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