Writers' Strike Hits TBN Hard
The Christian Writers Guild is striking simply for higher wages, particularly in light of the colossal revenues generated by the largest networks.
Trinity Broadcasting Network, or TBN, is the largest Christian television network in the world, and as such it is a main target of the CWG strike. The network is thought to bring in almost $190 million each year, and with no public accounting records, it is unknown where most of that money goes.
According to Todd Samuels, the CWG chairman, not nearly enough of it goes into the pockets of Christian screenwriters. “How many of those 190 million dollars were the result of Benny Hinn’s healing crusades? How much would [Hinn’s program] This Is Your Day generate without CWG members working hard every day to write healing scenarios?” Samuels recently asked the frenzied crowd at a rally. “We’ll just have to see, won’t we? Those people don’t decide to show up in wheelchairs on their own, you know!”
TBN has also felt the impact of the strike in their film division, which was in the midst of initial work on two highly-anticipated sequels. With no end to the strike in sight, Omega Code 3: Postmillennial Insurrections and Carman: The Two-Time Champion, both scheduled to begin shooting in 2008, are now on hold indefinitely.