What the Strike is Costing Us

The television show 30 Rock, that I had been shooting in New York
until we shut down this past Friday, has been one of the

best professional experiences I have ever had. Obviously, the critical
success of the show is a significant part of that. 30 Rock has

had the kind of reception that writers can only dream of, and I feel
that all of our writers, and especially Tina, deserve everything

that has come their way.

But any film, stage play or television show provides the
opportunity for the cast and crew to bond into a remarkably fun and

cordial unit. On the set of our show, we are blessed to have the best
shooting crew of any in New York. However, across the

board, everyone seems to recognize that the writers have a valid reason
for striking.

We finished our last pre-strike approved script

on Friday. The atmosphere the last couple of days was thoughtful and a
little sad, as some crew members, and eventually many

more, are expected to scatter in search of work. There is other work,
no doubt, but maybe not the kind like we have had up until

now, with a good group of collegial and talented people working on a
show that seemed to be growing, in many ways.

Strikes, and the lack of forward-thinking negotiating that results
in them, costs more than money. Sometimes, they cost

you friends and family, as well.

Read more about the strike on the Huffington Post's writers' strike page.