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The writers : a history of American screenwriters and their Guild
Banks, Miranda J., 1972- , author.
Publication Information:
New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2015]
Physical Description:
xi, 328 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction -- The artist employee -- Two front lines -- The infant prodigy -- Mavericks -- Confederation -- Conclusion.

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PN1996 .B382 2015 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Writers is the only comprehensive qualitative analysis of the history of writers and writing in the film, television, and streaming media industries in America. Featuring in-depth interviews with over fifty writers--including Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Carl Reiner, and Frank Pierson-- The Writers delivers a compelling, behind-the-scenes look at the role and rights of writers in Hollywood and New York over the past century.

Author Notes

MIRANDA J. BANKS is an associate professor of visual and media arts at Emerson College, in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the coeditor of Production Studies Cultural Studies of Media Industries and Production Studies, The Sequel!

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Library Journal Review

Banks (visual and media arts, Emerson Coll.; coeditor, Production Studies) uncovers the role the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has played in the entertainment industry. With accounts from more than 200 writers and solid access to the Writers Guild Foundation, the book discusses the importance of authorship, name recognition, and membership boundaries in relation to landmark events such as the formation of the Screen Writers Guild to the Writers' Strike of 2007-08. Throughout its history, the WGA has been rife with conflict from outside forces as members contended with powerful studios, as well as controversy from within. Besides struggling to adapt to the interests of various members, Banks describes how the WGA has also had to adjust to the changing meaning of a "screenwriter" as new technology emerged, such as television and video games. While information on some events included in this title can be found in other works, it presents a previously lacking exploration of writers and the WGA itself, particularly educating readers on the precedents set for other entertainment guilds. VERDICT While details of numerous contract negotiations may be dry for some readers, this book is highly recommended for film buffs and aspiring screenwriters.-Katie McGaha, Simi Valley P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 The Artist Employee
2 Two Front Lines
3 The Infant Prodigy
4 Mavericks
5 Confederation
Appendix A Screen Writers and Selected Credits
Appendix B Methodology