I’ve never read Ayn Rand.

I hear so much flagrant shit about her books. The gist I got was she hates poor people and blames poor people for being poor or something?

But there’s gotta be more to it than that. I remember Borders having Atlas Shrugged on…

71malkins asked:
Just to add to the stuff about writing credits- it is incredibly bizarre that Jeff writes so much of the show. I'm getting my masters in TV writing and all the showrunners I've met have described the writers room as a very collaborative experience, planning out the season and breaking episodes together. It seems like Jeff has WAY more creative control there than he should. What interests me more, though, is that he takes the bulk of the writing credits. (1/2)


If you get the credit for writing an episode you will also get paid more for being the writer of that episode, staff writers being the exception. Still, staff writers might elsewhere expect to get one episode credit in a long season, and higher up the chain — i.e. story editor, CO-EP — they’d expect more, maybe two, which they’d get script fees for. Those people you called minstrels? I think they’re the people in his writers’ room, with a nominal say in his season. It’s all very odd to me. (2)

Yeah I really…. don’t understand any part of it tbh. I can’t really find any angle on it that looks like the full picture. Like for all those writing credits, is he actually writing all of those scripts solo, or is he taking writing credit when he’s doing really heavy rewrites? It seems like some of the writers people have talked to like at the BiteCon panel are a part of the process of developing stories and all of that throughout the entire season, so I guess I’m not entirely sure what their actual roles entail and how much they’re actually involved when they seem to only very rarely get an actual writing credit. It seems like a very top-down approach to writing and I’ve certainly heard of some showrunners who are very set on their own (sometimes terrible) storylines, but I’ve never heard of one not even willing to give up the day to day to their staff. That’s what they’re there for, after all.

I’m also really used to shows not just having what I think you’d technically call staff writers (like the ones who write one or two eps in a season) but also writer-producers like you mentioned who are much more involved in all the other stuff that’s not writing. Like I know Morgan & Wong were very involved in that stuff on The X-Files (and they ended up taking over on Millennium as showrunners at one point). Joss Whedon had several writer-producers on Buffy, I don’t know who all but definitely Marti Noxon and Jane Espenson. Like having lieutenants basically so the showrunner not only isn’t writing every episode personally, they’re not even necessarily doing all the story edits and stuff on the other writers’ episodes either.

If anybody’s interested in this stuff, there’s actually a really good article on Writer’s Digest about how much television writers are paid, and it goes into pretty good detail about staff writers vs writer-producers and what exactly they’re getting paid to do. It’s several years old so the WGA rates have probably changed, and I’m not sure how the pay scale would differ for a showrunner necessarily, but if Jeff’s getting paid his base salary stuff plus script fees for like 7-8 episodes per season, that’s… I can’t math, math frightens me, but that seems like it’s probably a seriously incredible amount of money. You’d think he could at least bring his A game.


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