In film, authorship traditionally belongs to the director. In TV it belongs to the producer. A strand of academic thought has alternatively considered the death of the auteur in recent years. Yet the writers’ strike raises the issue of authorship in new and pressing ways. Witty and humorous, this video reminds us that without writers, we wouldn’t have all those memorable lines that we quote at opportune moments. It shows us how few clues we need to recognize movies and TV shows. It urges us to think about the carefully scripted words that become part of American pop culture. But it also encourages us to think about the specificities of writing for television and writing for film. With TV, for instance, there is a certain mystery behind the process of production; often, the head writer is also the creator and executive producer, known simply as the showrunner. This video raises useful questions about the role of the writer vis-à-vis different media. How does the strike, and videos like this, highlight the need to understand the processes of film and media-making? How does it complicate the current status and definition of authorship in media studies?