I’ve just received the private message which Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, sent to her below-the-line crew on both shows before Christmas:
“December 20, 2007
“I know this holiday season isn’t easy for any of us. With the strike rolling on, the future feels murky and uncertain. Along with the other writers, I have been spending time on the picket lines. None of us is enjoying this and we worry and discuss and worry and debate and complain… but mostly worry.
“About all of you. And how you are doing. How your families are doing.
“I’m incredibly concerned about how deeply this is affecting you all. The crews are foremost on the mind of every TV writer and actor I encounter. And, while i do believe that the fight the WGA is fighting is a good one, I wish like crazy that it could be over so
that we can all get back to work.
“I don’t know that a note from me will make anything better. But I did want you to know how important you all are and how much you are in my thoughts as we head into the New Year. Let’s hope we are all back together soon.
“My best to you and your loved ones,
According to the below-the-line worker on one of her shows who relayed her words to me, “There was no money enclosed in the envelope.”