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Date Posted: Sunday, March 20, 08:56:54pm
Subject: Re: Wow - this popped up on my screen, out of the blue!
In reply to:
's message, "Re: Wow - this popped up on my screen, out of the blue!" on Friday, November 26, 01:03:42am
Giaman - HI!!! It was early on in the campaign to save LFN from cancellation. I was an original member of First Team, and as we all worked to gather information and rally the "troups," we were getting contact information from everywhere. When First Team's spokesperson contacted Warner Brothers in the beginning regarding the cancellation, the response was something like, "La Femme Nikita.... Um, do we own the rights to that one?"
Keep in mind that WB is a multi-billion dollar corporation, so they own things they don't even know or care that they own, as long as it nets them money. First Team and the LFN fans made them brutally aware that they owned the rights, and that there were people who cared enough to fight for the show. I guess after having several VCRs and television sets dumped on his desk from outraged LFN fans, Mr. Roth (then the head of WB) decided to rethink the cancellation.
Yes, the fans got four and a half seasons of LFN on DVD, with (in my opinion) lame "extras." WB never cared about LFN, except if a website was violating some copyright law by posting a "WB" picture of one of the actors. Several websites were shut down because of that.
An LFN calendar was offered, then was suddenly recalled because of "copyright infringements." I wonder what happened with those who'd pre-ordered and/or pre-paid for that calendar that WB yanked from publication.
It was a hard fight, and I resigned from First Team because of some internal strife. Things got accomplished, but it was far short of what the original line-up of First Team and the fans had wanted and for which we'd fought. We didn't get our "prime directive" - and we learned that the people don't matter. It's about who has the money and the power. We settled for the full series of LFN on DVD, but for all the campaigning we did, we might as well have shouted to the clouds. WB gave us what they were always going to give us - they just wanted to see us scream and cry, because it made them feel more powerful.
Ugly, but that's how I see it. I will never regret my time with First Team, or my time campaigning to get a fifth season of the program. I learned a lot - and the most important thing I learned: Never give up. Never surrender. Never stop believing that your dream, hope, wish or secret longing will happen. Fight for it. Be loud. Be verbal, passionate, and creative. Think about it, plan it, and enact it in whatever way you can. If you want to be a veterinarian, think about it. Plan it (classes at a college? Need financial aid? Look to FAFSA or whatever's available in the community.) Be better. Do better. Don't give up.
Shutting up now.
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