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« Reply #5640 on: May 28, 2007, 09:29:05 pm »

Rob's Great 8 Mandate Welcome Post and Mail Primer

Special Post-Memorial Day Edition

For those of you who are new to the Great 8 Mandate Thread, Welcome!  The energy that everyone is feeling is almost tangible to me and I know that a lot of you are wondering what you can do to help try to convince the CW to uncancel Gilmore Girls, especially since Memorial Day has just passed and energy can sag a little bit the day after a vacation.  Well, heck -- Amy Sherman-Palladino has voiced interest in doing a 2-hour movie, and Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop and Liza Weil have all three voiced reservations about the season finale being a series finale -- so it's clear that no matter how much time is passing, most people that are most important to the show (some of whom have even left the show) *do* want to keep it going.  So that's all the more reason to keep going, full speed ahead.  This post is about voicemail, email and snail mail.  Here’s what you can do:

1)  SEND SNAIL MAIL:

Handwriting is fine if your penmanship is good because it's such a personal form of communication.  Otherwise, typing and signing and mailing by snail mail is the single BEST way to contact them.  They expect to be deluged with email and voicemail and that helps as far as it goes, but the amount of effort that it takes to write/type a letter on paper and send it in an envelope always  makes a bigger impression than email and voicemail and the like.  There's a rule of thumb that floats about in various media industries that every individual piece of correspondence that's written on paper and delivered by mail represents the sentiments of at least 7 other people.  So if literally tens of thousands of pieces of snail mail are received, that's going to make a MUCH bigger impact on them than electronic forms of mail.

There are various addresses you can send your correspondence to, which are posted on page 1 of the thread, but IMO, the people who have the most potential to help are IMO, Lauren, Alexis and the CW’s President of Entertainment, Dawn Ostroff, who is the nexus of all network realities at the CW.  They can be contacted at the following addresses:

Ms. Dawn Ostroff, President of Entertainment
The CW Television Network
4000 Warner Blvd., Bldg 168
Burbank, CA 91522-0002
Email: [email protected]
or post your comments at the Lounge at www.cwtv.com

Peter Roth
President, Warner Brothers Television
300 Television Plaza
Burbank, CA 91505

Amy Sherman-Palladino
c/o Creative Artists Agency
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Lauren Graham
c/o John Carrabino Management
100 North Crescent Dr.
G-400
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Alexis Bledel
c/o Flutie Entertainment
6500 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 2240
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Email:  Michael Flutie: [email protected]
Email:  Paul M. Brown:  [email protected]


As the series season finale has passed, email and voicemail can become handy, but don't discount Snail Mail as the network and actors will always take Snail Mail more seriously than any other form of correspondence.  Snail Mail has become even more important now that the Upfronts have been announced, so I have a few tips/suggestions to help make you make your letters, voicemail and email as effective as possible:

* BE BRIEF:  Keep the length of your letter down to ONE side of ONE page, double space it and use a simple 10 or 12-point Times font.  (Arial font is hard to read.)   If your letter goes on for only one or two more lines beyond a page, don't sweat it, but the longer the letter is, the less of it they'll read before they move on to the next one.  Double-spacing is the exact opposite in print as it is online -- it's much  easier to read on paper than single spacing is -- and again, the need to be as brief as possible will make you more concise and to-the-point.  Conversely, single spacing will make you look a little wacky, especially if you go on for more than one page.

* BE BRIEF (AGAIN):  If you must single-space to get all you want on one page, skip a line between each paragraph as that will help maximize readability.  But definitely do not go over one side of one page at all.  And I'd suggest if you're going to do single-spacing your message should take up no more than 2/3rds of the page, not counting your signature.

* BE BRIEF (FOR VOICEMAIL AND EMAIL):  If you leave a long voicemail, it sounds like a ramble by somebody who's unstable.  Just say who you are, where you're from, your approximate age, why you like Gg and why you think it shouldn't end/why you think the season finale is not enough.  Don't beat yourself up if you think you went on for too long, though, as your nervousness will likely screw with your head.  And be sure to thank the people you're contacting for their time and consideration.

* BE POLITE: I know that there's a lot of anger and sadness going on right now, but don't unleash any of it on the person that you're writing too (s/he may not even be responsible for what's happening to the show).  Just tell them why you like the show, the actors, the stories, how it affects you, why you think it should continue, etc.  If your letter is all tone and no substance, they won't read it.  Or maybe the first person who reads it won't pass it on to someone else at the studio or directly involved with the show.

* BE POLITE (Again):   DON'T mention salary issues because it's not our place to address them.  Some form of "I hope that you are still looking for a solution that results in the show going on" would IMO be a great way to sidestep that issue.

* ADD PAPER DAISIES TO YOUR LETTER:   Find a picture of a daisy, print and cut out lots of copies of them, send a dozen or two of them with your snail mail letter to the various contact addresses.  And when I mean cut out a lot of copies of them, cut out individual squares or rectangles of the pictures, whatever shape the picture is (cutting out the outline of the daisy over and over again would, of course, be Paris-level insane).  Enclose them in the letter when you fold it so that when the person has to open the letter, the paper daisies *have* to fall out.  One creative thing to put in the mix -- maybe sub out one of the daisies and insert a Great8 Mandate logo instead.

2)  SEND EMAIL OR VOICEMAIL

The CW's comment line is 1-818-977-6878.   It is voicemail and it often (but not always) fills up by early evening -- and appears to be full the entire weekend from whenever time on Fridays it fills up.

If you are going to send an email or leave a voice mail, that’s okay as a reinforcement of your Snail Mail, but DO NOT AS AN INDIVIDUAL FLOOD ANY INDIVIDUAL ACTOR OR PERSON AT THE CW OR WARNERS WITH MULTIPLE VOICE MAILS OR E-MAILS ON THE SAME DAY.  It will do the exact opposite of what you intend because it's considered spamming and more or less harassment.[/i]  They want to hear from as many individuals as possible.  And Snail Mail is a better way to do it than either email or voicemail because it's a tangible representation of the viewership's sentiments while electronic forms of correspondence are more abstract (because you can't hold them in your hands) and therefore easy to forget.  And remember to BE POLITE AND POSITIVE.  They already know that we're all upset, we just need to reinforce our presence in terms of the sheer number of individuals contacting them.  Remember, once per day and that’s it, particularly for voicemail and email.

3) If you send mail to anyone other than Dawn Ostroff, Lauren and/or Alexis, I’m sure as heck not gonna try to discourage you, but please post the address for the management/agent team of each actor to this thread if/when you discover them.   I'm especially interested in office addresses for Kelly Bishop and Liza Weil so that anyone who wants to can send them thank-you letters due to their great warnings about the series season finale of the show.  Although I don't know the addresses for the management teams of any other actors but Lauren and Alexis, and I only know them because they were posted on page 1 of this very thread.  Wink   Just please make contacting Ms. Ostroff, Lauren and Alexis your first priority. If they get the mail, they are sure to contact everybody else involved, including Ostroff’s bosses at the CW’s corporate parent companies, CBS/Paramount and Warner Brothers, as well as the other actors.  (Or else they’ll hear it through the grapevine.)  NOTE: at this time, Alexis may be in the most need of notes of encouragement to continue the series.

4) Please send snail mail more than once a week. Two times a week is probably optimal.  Write something different each time, choose a different person each time -- a different aspect of what the show means to you, whatever.  Make it anything other than any other letter you've sent to them 'cause once they see an identical one, it registers as a form letter in their minds.

5) Please send your first or only snail mail of any given week by registered mail/return receipt.   It's more expensive than regular snail mail, but it means that someone has to sign for it and acknowledge the receipt, and perhaps they'll take the expense even more seriously than even if it were standard snail mail and thereby be more likely to read it.

6) And send them daisies.  Once per week, if you can afford it, twice a month, once a month.  A different person each time, rotating between Dawn, Lauren and Alexis -- and now, Amy Sherman-Palladino (yay!) and Peter Roth.

7) CONTACT ADVERTISERS:

Divine has set up a word document containing contact information regarding the various national advertisers who placed commercials in the series season finale.  The document can be downloaded at http://root.pcmasters.at/upload/files/2659036-List_of_Advertisers.doc  If you contact any of the advertisers, please follow the same rules as I list above and also keep in mind the following: 

* Please be sure to compliment them on their support of Gg, add that you like their product if you use it (but don't lie if you don't use it) and let them know about how pleased you are for the companies' support of Gg given Gg's continued high ratings, particularly in light of how terrible the ratings are of Veronica Mars.  Don't otherwise knock VM (it's a good show that, unfortunately has no potential whatsoever to grow in the ratings), but let them know something like, "If the CW is alienating the viewership by cancelling both the high-rated Gilmore Girls and the low-rated Veronica Mars (whose fanbase is probably a subset of Gilmore Girls’ fanbase), doesn't it make sense for you as an advertiser to demand that The CW keep Gilmore Girls in order to retrieve  the goodwill of that viewership and thereby make The CW a much better outlet for your product?" 

* Please, do NOT copy what I wrote word-for-word.  It's not that I'm withholding permission, it's just that letters that are written with the same wording are considered "astroturf," a type of spamming particular to letter-writing campaigns.  Speak/write from the heart about why you like the show/what the show means to you, what you know about what the ratings mean and that you would appreciate the advertisers' support since the networks unveil their new fall schedules to you advertisers next week.  As I said above, BE POLITE, BE ORIGINAL -- the advertisers want to know about your likes and dislikes as it helps them to decide where they're going to put their television advertising dollars.  It's okay to tell the advertisers that you're mad at the network, just don't do it in a way that even implies that you might be mad at the advertisers as the current cancelled state of the show is not their fault.  After all, they'd rather have the show with the higher ratings, y'know.

  -- Rob

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Season 8:   Because Lorelai would watch the movie "Election" and think, "Wow, it's like they're doing 'Emily Gilmore: The Early Years.'"
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« Reply #5641 on: May 28, 2007, 09:32:23 pm »

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« Reply #5642 on: May 29, 2007, 06:24:42 am »

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« Reply #5643 on: May 29, 2007, 06:27:14 am »

Name: Lauren McAvoy
Age: 20
Location (city and state, or country as the case may be): Tignall, GA
Any members of your household interested in a season 8, and their ages: Danielle F. (20)-Washington, GA, Furman Parton (23)-Lincolnton, GA, Jessica (8 ), Cassie (10)   **Didn't want to add their last names...if you need them, just pm me  Smiley**
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« Reply #5644 on: May 29, 2007, 06:44:08 am »

Hey friends ...

I'm reporting to you from a remote location ...  Wink  AKA, my work ... where I have just finalized the banners!  I have not printed them  yet because it's kind of a hectic day here at the office and a LOT of people need the printer, so I'll becoming in late one night this week to print them.  I WAS going to ship some today, but I'm planning to do all my mailing Friday -- this means only one trip to the post office (with gas being $3+ a gallon it's all I can afford).

So here are the banners -- they are going to be 30 inches long (that's almost 3 ft.) by about a foot and a half high.  Smiley

For Amy ...



For Lauren, Alexis and Dawn ...



I still need a bit more for stamps for the PR and mailing these badboys out guys -- [email protected] for PayPal donations!  ANYTHING you can give is appreciated.  Even if it's just a dollar.  'Cause I'm a poor college student! Smiley

I will talk to you all later when I get home and update you on the list of names!

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« Reply #5645 on: May 29, 2007, 06:49:04 am »

They look great! You're very talented!
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« Reply #5646 on: May 29, 2007, 06:56:08 am »

You did a great job, Heather! Thank you so much! I'd love to help you out with some money, but unfortunately we don't use PayPal in our family and I'm not 18 yet.  Sad

I really hope that you'll get replies from Lauren, Alexis, Dawn & Amy!
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« Reply #5647 on: May 29, 2007, 08:10:34 am »

Name: Roua
Age: 13
Location: Budapest, Hungary

Cool, someone from Hungary!  Smiley i'm hungarian too but i live in austria  Wink

I live in Hungary but I'm actually from Lebanon.. But yeah I speak Hungarian and stuff Wink Been living there for like 12 years!

And wow, the banners are fab! Really great job!  Grin
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« Reply #5648 on: May 29, 2007, 09:48:29 am »

Just to let everybody know, Ausiello's blog report about Amy being interested in doing a 2-hour movie from his Ask Ausiello column at http://www.tvguide.com/News-Views/Columnists/Ask-Ausiello/default.aspx?columndate=23-May-2007 made it into the new print issue of TV Guide, the June 4-10 issue, page 10, so the report is not a dream, not a hoax, not an imaginary story.

This is, again, GREAT news -- all the more reason to keep on with the writing and daisy and banner campaigns.  And, moreover, let's also concentrate on consolidating as much of the Save Gilmore fandom here so that we can keep pooling our resources and keep increasing the demand due to sheer numbers.  Spread the word to different forums -- even to non-Gg, non-TV forums that you know have Gg fans.

Spread the word.

 -- Rob

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« Reply #5649 on: May 29, 2007, 10:18:22 am »

That's awesome!  Smiley I'm so glad that there have been good news about Gg lately because I think that encourages us a lot. I'm sure it would be depressing if the actors and producers said things like "give it up folks, it over" or if we'd hear NOTHING. So, I'm more and more optimistic  Cool
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« Reply #5650 on: May 29, 2007, 10:39:19 am »

Hey Heather,

I just sent you a $10 spot via paypal.  I hope that helps with postage.  Thanks for all your work!

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« Reply #5652 on: May 29, 2007, 02:16:39 pm »

Just to let everybody know, Ausiello's blog report about Amy being interested in doing a 2-hour movie from his Ask Ausiello column at http://www.tvguide.com/News-Views/Columnists/Ask-Ausiello/default.aspx?columndate=23-May-2007 made it into the new print issue of TV Guide, the June 4-10 issue, page 10, so the report is not a dream, not a hoax, not an imaginary story.

This is, again, GREAT news -- all the more reason to keep on with the writing and daisy and banner campaigns.  And, moreover, let's also concentrate on consolidating as much of the Save Gilmore fandom here so that we can keep pooling our resources and keep increasing the demand due to sheer numbers.  Spread the word to different forums -- even to non-Gg, non-TV forums that you know have Gg fans.

Spread the word.

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That's great news! If only we could convince Amy for a short 8 season, that would be amazing!

I noticed this thread is going slow for a few days. We must keep mandating!!!

Come on!
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« Reply #5653 on: May 29, 2007, 02:43:48 pm »

Just to let everybody know, Ausiello's blog report about Amy being interested in doing a 2-hour movie from his Ask Ausiello column at http://www.tvguide.com/News-Views/Columnists/Ask-Ausiello/default.aspx?columndate=23-May-2007 made it into the new print issue of TV Guide, the June 4-10 issue, page 10, so the report is not a dream, not a hoax, not an imaginary story.

This is, again, GREAT news -- all the more reason to keep on with the writing and daisy and banner campaigns.  And, moreover, let's also concentrate on consolidating as much of the Save Gilmore fandom here so that we can keep pooling our resources and keep increasing the demand due to sheer numbers.  Spread the word to different forums -- even to non-Gg, non-TV forums that you know have Gg fans.

Spread the word.

 -- Rob

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That's great news! If only we could convince Amy for a short 8 season, that would be amazing!

I noticed this thread is going slow for a few days. We must keep mandating!!!

Come on!

I agree that the thread has slowed down for a few days, but I think that a large part of that is the fact that it's been the Memorial Day Weekend.  Heck, the CW hasn't even cleaned out its voicemail yet -- it's still full from the weekend.

However, I think that one of the things we should be planning on doing at a moment's notice is revive the "Project: Alexis" assignment as "Project: Lauren."  Lauren is undoubtedly going to be doing the rounds of some of the talk shows in L.A. and NYC to promote Evan Almighty in the couple of weeks before and just after "Evan Almighty" opens.  So I've got an idea or two on how to make that work, but I want to hear about some committments from L.A. and NYC people to be ready to go to the ticke offices and/or tapings at a moment's notice before I'll say anymore.  Also, if you're under the 18, you probably won't be allowed to attend the taping itself, but that doesn't mean that you can't bring a parent along to help you rassle the line outside to, say, sign posters or get audience members to pin paper Season 8 logo cutouts to their shirts as they go in.

I'll have more of an idea of a plan soon -- Steve Carell will be starting to make the talk show rounds next week, so Lauren will probably be doing the same the week after that.  Time is a bit more on our side with this one.

  -- Rob

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Season 8:  Because we want to see how Lorelai deals with Rory finally going off to live her own life, seeing as how the last time they parted, they didn't part on the best of terms and this time therefore will be different.
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« Reply #5654 on: May 29, 2007, 03:50:59 pm »

Well, I've sent e-mails to  the advertisers on the list so far. Five of them responded. One of them stated how decisions on productions of shows has nothing to do with them and I should write to the airing company. However, I did get two more positive responses

"Dear Jillian,

Thank you for contacting the Wrigley Company to request information.  We sincerely appreciate your interest in our Company and brands.

We will certainly pass your comments along to our Marketing and Corporate Development directors.  Your point of view, along with other comments we may receive about this issue, will be carefully considered."

AND

"Thank you for contacting Sprint Together with Nextel Online.

Thank you for your valuable suggestion.  I have forwarded this email to the department that deals with customer suggestions and comments for further evaluation.

Your opinion does matter.  We routinely evaluate and implement changes to our products and services based on our valued customers feedback."
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I'm currently working on more and trying to get articles about our plight in the newspapers around Boston and New York. ... I'm croissing my fingers with that one I don't want to jinx anything.

AMAZING to hear about the movie thing and I think there might be a better chance of getting SOMETHING going now whether it's a couple of more episodes or just the movie thing at least things are starting to move in a good direction!


Okay I have to cook supper but I'll be back.

I'm back! I've been one busy bee! I have sent press releases to newspapers in hopes someone will be interested enough to write an article about our compaign. I'm wishing on a star. If something comes along I'll let you all know.

 Shocked Wow, something ELSE has come up! I just got this response from Kraft/Nabisco-
"Thanks so much for taking the time to contact us with your suggestion.  We're always delighted when people care enough to offer their own creative ideas.

We do want you to know that comments shared by our consumers can be very helpful to Kraft. Various Kraft teams do review comments such as yours, which help us identify consumer trends, preferences and needs.

Again, we appreciate you contacting us and applaud both your creativity and loyalty.

It was great hearing from you, and remember we're always updating our site so visit us again soon!"

I'm starting to really get responses now so I might be updating again in another hour.  Kiss
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