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 by way of. As a result of the WGA represents TV and movie writers in Hollywood, most shows and films have halted manufacturing totally in a transfer of solidarity with the group.
Regardless of the strike, two huge reveals—Prime Video’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and HBO Max’s House 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 Variety, the present’s second season is resuming manufacturing because the strike performs out. Like with Rings and Dragon, that season’s scripts had been completed some time in the past earlier than the strike, because it bought a two-season order again when it was first introduced. Andor showrunner Tony Gilroy is alleged 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 parts such casting and musical scoring.
It’s price noting that this information got here shortly after the Hollywood Reporter acquired a memo from Disney (dated Could 3, two days after the strike’s begin) that was despatched out to showrunners for its numerous sequence. In it, the company advised these showrunners they had been “not excused from performing your duties as a showrunner and/or producer in your sequence because of the WGA strike.” That Disney memo additional outlined numerous duties showrunners are “requested” to proceed doing—like chopping for time and making line changes—that the WGA requested its multihyphenate members to not do at the moment. The corporate’s successfully advised them to do their full jobs, although doing so would certainly incur fines from the WGA for being a scab.
At time of writing, Gilroy has but to problem a press release on the strike because it was was known as. Many showrunners are additionally WGA members, which probably 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 certainly not misplaced, and it additional reveals how ridiculous it’s that these companies aren’t keen to extend guild compensation or conform to any of the opposite perfectly reasonable demands 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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