Mon. Mar 4th, 2024

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Earlier this week, the Writers Guild of America voted to go on strike after negotiations with the Alliance of Movement Image and Tv Producers (AMPTP) fell via. As a result of the WGA represents TV and movie writers in Hollywood, most reveals and movies have halted manufacturing solely in a transfer of solidarity with the group.

Regardless of the strike, two large reveals—Prime Video’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy and HBO Max’s Home of the Dragon—are shifting ahead with manufacturing, albeit with out their writers or showrunners (multihyphenate writer-producers) getting concerned. One other of these reveals is Disney+’s Andor; in keeping with a late Friday report from Selection, the present’s second season is resuming manufacturing because the strike performs out. Like with Rings and Dragon, that season’s scripts have been completed a while in the past earlier than the strike, because it obtained a two-season order again when it was first introduced. Andor showrunner Tony Gilroy is claimed to not be on set and has ceased writing for the present, however as he’s additionally an govt producer, he’s contributing to non-writing components such casting and musical scoring.

It’s value noting that this information got here shortly after the Hollywood Reporter acquired a memo from Disney (dated Might 3, two days after the strike’s begin) that was despatched out to showrunners for its numerous collection. In it, the company advised these showrunners they have been “not excused from performing your duties as a showrunner and/or producer in your collection because of the WGA strike.” That Disney memo additional outlined numerous duties showrunners are “requested” to proceed doing—like slicing for time and making line changes—that the WGA requested its multihyphenate members to not do right now. The corporate’s successfully advised them to do their full jobs, even though doing so would certainly incur fines from the WGA for being a scab.

At time of writing, Gilroy has but to challenge a press release on the strike because it was was known as. Many showrunners are additionally WGA members, which doubtlessly places him in an uncomfortable place, because the strike looks as if it’ll go on for a while. The irony of a present like this being pressured to proceed working is unquestionably not misplaced, and it additional reveals how ridiculous it’s that these firms aren’t prepared to extend guild compensation or comply with any of the opposite completely cheap calls for the WGA have made.

At time of writing, Andor’s second season continues to be slated to launch on Disney+ in August 2024.


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