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Friends Co-Creator Hosts Comedy Fundraiser for Striking Writers

10 September 2023
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Friends Co-Creator Hosts Comedy Fundraiser for Striking Writers

Marta Kauffman's Resolute Stand

Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman is taking a stand in support of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) during their ongoing strike. The dispute, centered around issues like residual pay in the age of streaming, has left the industry in turmoil.

The Give Back-ular Spectacular

In response to the relentless strike action and the absence of a clear resolution, Marta Kauffman has unveiled a game-changing initiative called "The Give Back-ular Spectacular." This star-studded fundraising event is being produced in collaboration with The Union Solidarity Coalition and is set to make a significant impact.

Event Details

  • Date and Venue: The event is scheduled for October 25 at the prestigious Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.
  • Donation Options: Donations can be made both in-person and online, making it accessible to a wider audience.
  • Live Streaming: For those unable to attend in person, the proceedings will be live-streamed, ensuring that the message reaches far and wide.

Purpose of the Event

This two-hour extravaganza aims to shed light on the ongoing strikes, which have taken a toll on an entire community of artists, craftspeople, technicians, production assistants, and support staff (via Deadline).

Producers and Director

The driving force behind "The Give Back-ular Spectacular" includes notable figures such as Robbie Rowe Tollin, Jesse Schiller, Tony Phelan, Tara Miele, Kate Wagener, Paul Scheer, and Paul McCrane. Additionally, Paul McCrane will serve as the director.

A Nod to Friends

Marta Kauffman, a key figure as both a writer and executive producer in the beloved TV series Friends, marked the show's highly anticipated reunion special in 2021. Despite the immense critical and commercial acclaim the series received, some characters didn't quite hit the comedic mark. Director James Burrows has offered valuable insights into the decision to write off Ross's ex-wife Emily from the show, underscoring the crucial role of humor in sitcoms and romantic comedies.

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