The Strike is OVER!

Many thanks to all those who contributed to the Xenaverse Refreshes Campaign - Our campaign began in November and it has lasted until the end of the strike in February! Thank you all for your contributions and support of the writers!

You have raised $2,005 in response to our appeal. It was an amazing effort and I thank you all for contributing and making it a success. Thanks also goes to the Xenaverse Drop Off Elf who worked really hard to deliver the goodies to the strikers every week. Not an easy job but one done with such a great spirit and a great deal of organisational skill!

We have $400 left over now that the strike is over - that money will be given to a charity chosen by Katherine and Steven and it will be announced here once that is decided.

Thank you all again for doing what Xena fans do when needed - pitching in for the Greater Good.



13 February 2008

WGA Strike News

It's over! After 100 days of strike action, the WGA members have agreed to go back to work after a hard won victory! Xena Fans should be exceptionally proud of the efforts during the Xenaverse Refreshes Campaign and the Xena Day March. This is just fantastic news (and now we can see some new episodes of our favourite shows and of course Renee in the second season of Army Wives!)

The LA Times has the news of the victory for the writers!

11 February 2008

WGA Strike May Be Over....

The following was in this morning's Sydney Morning Herald

Hollywood writers in tenative deal to end strike
February 10, 2008 - 7:19AM

Striking Hollywood screenwriters said Saturday they had agreed a deal to settle their three-month old dispute and could be back at work next week if it meets with union members' approval. Leaders of the 12,000-strong Writers Guild of America emailed members early Saturday to inform them an agreement with studio chiefs had been reached which would be discussed at meetings in New York and Los Angeles. Read more

WGA Strike / Xena Day March




7 February 2008

Xenaverse Refreshes Campaign

Weekly Drop Off Report....

The drop off elf continued on her merry way yesterday by dropping off some supplies - snacks rather than liquids this time.
Click on the thumbnail for the larger image.

The campaign will continue until the strike is over and let me all thank you once again for the wonderful support you have all given.


3 February 2008

Xena Day Strike Support

LB was the ausxip reporter on duty at the Xena Day Strike Support day with video camera at the ready. She interviewed Rob, RJ, Steven, Katherine, Adrienne, Vicki, Tim and TJ - you can get a very good idea of what we put up with during those two hours - rain, hail, shine and alot of love. You will also get to see my mug (and the back of my head) which shouldn't distract you too much from a great video <g> It was a very memorable event; it will become a Xenaverse story to tell for years to come. Many thanks to LB for filming and editing this video and having it beautifully edited with the Xena theme song. How perfect is that? Go and have a look see - I know you will enjoy it as much as I have.

Click here to download video clip (28 mb - wmv version)

WGA / Xena Day Strike Support T-shirt Update

Received the following note from Wendy:

I was called out of town suddenly as my father was admitted to the hospital for emergency heart surgery; therefore, we will not be able to submit multiple orders for the t-shirts.  We will take orders until February 16th, which is two weeks from the date you posted the original announcement.  After that time has expired, I will place one order for all requests received for the t-shirts.  I am sorry for any inconvenience this causes.  T-shirts will be shipped after we receive them from the printers.  As a general time frame, it took us about one week to receive our shirts originally.  Caprice or I will respond to all e-mails with the necessary information, but I hope everyone will be patient with us given my father's illness.

So, to recap:

Price:  $20
Shipping:  actual shipping price
Deadline:  February 16th
Payment options:  check, money order, paypal
Send e-mail to:  BATTLEONWRITERS@GMAIL.COM with size, quantity, method of payment and mailing address

Thanks to everyone who showed an interest in the shirts while we were in Burbank!!!

2 February 2007

Xenaverse Refreshes Campaign

Another Xenaverse Refreshes Campaign drop was undertaken before I left Los Angeles by the Drop Off Elf. Here's a pic of the goodies that were donated to the strikers.

I want to thank everyone who has contributed to the campaign fund - your generosity is mind blowing! The writers (of all shows who are at the Disney gate) wanted me to tell you all how much they appreciated the goodies that the Xena fans have provided. They wanted me to convey their appreciation to all the fans. I was marching with them three weeks ago and they couldn't believe that Xena fans are supporting them because of Katherine, RJ, Liz, Steven and others who have worked on a show that has been dead for 7 years.

Xena Fans March in Support of the Writers - Through Rain, Hail and Shine…
Report by MaryD

Before I left for Burbank to join the Xena March, Steven Sears sent me an email about the latest update about the march to alert everyone on the weather conditions. I remember writing back to him saying… “through rain, hail or shine, we will be there” – I didn’t think it would literally come true that all three would come true! What an amazing day – over 200 Xenites walked up and down the footpath outside NBC my report


Added photos from the Xena Day by MaryD

  • Renee
  • Rob
  • The fans
  • Adrienne
  • RJ and Tim
  • Steven




A DAY OF SUPPORT - Fans to March with Xena Writers, Actors & Crew

BATTLE ON, XENA:   We've had Battlestar Galactica Day.  Star Trek Day.  Joss Whedon Day.  And now... it's Xena Day!   In the ongoing Xenaverse Refreshes Campaign, Xena Fans from around the world will join writers, actors, producers and crew members of the popular TV series, Xena: Warrior Princess on

Actors and Writers to Attend:

Renee O'Connor, Claire Stansfield, Rob Trebor, Adrienne Wilkinson, Rob Tapert, RJ Stewart, Katherine Fugate, Liz Friedman, Steven L. Sears

More To Be Announced....


When: January 24th, 2008
Time: 11 a.m. thru 2 p.m.
Where: NBC Studios, Alameda Gate
3000 W. Alameda Ave.
Burbank, CA 91523


How To Get There?

Parking is available around Johnny Carson Park and neighborhoods (make sure you pay attention to parking restrictions, they WILL ticket!) The picket will be at the main entrance to NBC located on Alameda Ave.

Costumes highly encouraged! Wear your Xena T-shirts, hats, bring your swords and your chakrams, your quills and your parchment...and practice your Xena warcry!

Please pass this around to all Xena lists, forums and web sites. We want to show a HUGE surge of support from the fans.


18 December 2007

WGA Strike Update

Many many thanks to those who have contributed to the Xenaverse Refreshes Campaign for the WGA strikers. The writers greatly appeciat the support from the Xena fans, even writers not at the gates we are delivering goodies to, know about the effort being made.

The Xenaverse Drop-Off Elf delivered another batch of goodies today to the writers. This will be the last drop-off for a bit because of the break during the holidays - the WGA won't be picketting for a bit (from 19 December until 8 January 08). They have enough goodies until the 14th - We will deliver on the 14th again and continue supporting them until the strike is over.

The Xenaverse ROCS!



04 December 2007

WGA Strike Update

The following is from Katherine (and posted on Talking Xena)

hey all and sundry --

yet ANOTHER generous drop came to the disney gate today from the xenaverse. have tell you - it's so humbling and inspiring. the mostly male WGA writers always walk up to me with shock on their faces when i arrive, saying, "they did it AGAIN!" and i smile, realizing, then say, "you don't know the power of the xenaverse."

your gift was especially appreciated today as i'm sure many of you have read, the AMPTP's "groundbreaking" deal was anything but. the lowball offer -($250 flat fee residual after 6 weeks FREE downloading for an 1 hour show and ZERO for feature films) has only served to unite us even more in our fight to receive a fair deal from the major corporations.

if you have any questions about the strike - please visit my website or

and thank you again for understanding and supporting writers! (and also actors, because SAG will be next and we're hoping that with union solidarity and by bargaining first, we can assure them a fair deal equal to ours.)


30 November 2007

WGA Strike Support Update

The WGA is still in negotations and it may or may not finish by Christmas. Let's hope it does. Until the dispute ends, we are organising a refreshment drop of water, gatorade, tea, vitamins and other goodies. We are doing this to support Katherine and Steven but also for all the writers in this dispute. If you would like to donate to this effort, please use the donate button

Any money left over after the strike ends will be donated to charity chosen by Katherine and Steven.

If the button above does not work - please go to paypal and send your donation to

Thank you,
MaryD & The AUSXIP Team