One of the most memorable online videos I posted during the WGA strike starred writer Irv Brecher (Meet Me In St. Louis, Bye Bye Birdie, Marx Bros’ At The Circus & Go West, creator of radio and TV’s Life of Riley) remembering residuals battles with Hollywood employers from years past, and revealing he was still angry about them all. Well, he recently passed away at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles at age 94. Watch his Same Old Story YouTube below and read this April 2006 profile that appeared in the April 2006 issue of Written By. Both serve as apt tributes. I can’t help thinking that he would have been apoplectic over recent news that the WGA is getting stiffed by employers on New Media payments:
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