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Hollywood writers cart kids to picket lines in play for attention

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “I’m all for my dad,” he said outside the Disney studio. Joey’s father, movie writer Alan Shapiro, said he wanted his two sons to experience the strike. “It’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing – I hope,” he said. Parents took advantage of the Veterans Day school holiday to take about 100 kids to the Disney protest. Most of the youngsters obviously had a little coaching about the issues. One thumb-sucking preschooler held a sign reading, “I’m learning to share. Can you? Play nice.” BURBANK – Picketing was hard work for hundreds of protesters who got cranky and needed naps Monday at protests staged by striking Hollywood writers. So they put down their hand-scribbled signs and made mommy and daddy take them home. In the latest ploy to keep the nation’s short attention span focused on their weeklong labor dispute, writers toted their kids to picket lines outside studios to teach them lessons about residuals and payments for shows offered on the Internet. The issues in dispute between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers were clear for 11-year-old Joey Shapiro. John Aboud brought his 3-year-old daughter Penelope to show her the studio that made her favorite movie, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” “She brought a little toy rat because i told her we were going to Mickey Mouse’s house,” said Aboud, who is blogging about the strike and has several TV projects in development. Penelope made her own picket sign – unintelligible scribbles in green marker. Many of the kids were excited to join their moms and dads for some family time on the sunny, autumn day. Elijah Newman, 7, “has been dying to strike all week,” said his mother, Melissa Carter, a movie writer who lives nearby. The boy was thrilled when he waved and passing trucks honked in response. He also enjoyed the endless supply of doughnuts and cookies brought by strike supporters. Juliana Philpott, 10, brought a homemade sign with a photo of Raven, the star of the popular Disney Channel show, “That’s So Raven.” “It’s a little rude for the producers to take so much and have nothing left to share,” she said. Strike T-shirts were hot commodities on the picket line, with parents snatching them up for their kids. “The funny thing is, after all this is over, we won’t want to wear them,” Carter said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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