The Writers Strike Has Compelled MTV to Pre-Tape Its Film Awards

Proper now, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) is happening strike to safe higher compensation and fairness buildings for TV and film writers throughout Hollywood. As components of the efforts to attract consideration to their cause, writers are picketing at varied studio tons on each the east and west coasts. Though it’s solely been a number of days for the reason that strike began, their efforts seem like working, because the upcoming MTV Film Awards have been pretty hobbled by the placing.

Per Deadline, MTV’s elected to forgo its traditional stay airing of the annual awards present in favor of a pre-taped occasion. The WGA had reportedly deliberate to picket the awards, which might’ve meant organising members the place purple carpets or interviews had been being filmed and drawing consideration to the strike. (MTV is a subsidiary of Paramount, which additionally owns Star Trek, Nickelodeon, and CBS.) Regardless of the disruption, Paramount’s occasions president Bruce Gillmer appeared optimistic that the studio may “rigorously navigate” the pivot to recording. “[This] nonetheless allows us to supply a memorable evening filled with unique sneak peaks, irreverent classes our viewers has come to count on, and numerous moments that may each shock and delight as we honor the very best of movie and TV over the previous yr.”

Usually, the MTV Film Awards aren’t a lot to put in writing residence about. However this yr’s displaying additionally occurs to be the primary awards ceremony to air post-strike, which suggests its response to the WGA could also be a style of what’s to return, relying on how lengthy the strike proceeds. Celebrities who’d beforehand been marketed as attending are stated to be reconsidering their look (in the event that they haven’t pulled out already), and would-be host Drew Barrymore stated she wouldn’t host as a type of solidarity with the placing writers. “I’ll pivot from internet hosting the MTV Film & TV Awards stay in solidarity with the strike,” she wrote in an announcement. “Till an answer is reached, I’m selecting to attend however I’ll be watching from residence and hope you’ll be a part of me.”

Talking to Barrymore’s final minute withdrawal and the awards present’s fluctuating state, Gillmer advised Selection that the main focus continues to be on “delivering for the followers. […] We’ve acquired backups to our backups, and we’re planning on conserving as lots of the signature components of the present intact.” By his personal admission, although, he’s acquired no clue how issues like award sequences will go: some accepted speeches will probably be pre-taped, and there’s different contingencies in place in case a star opts to not present. However the chaotic nature of this can seemingly be felt to the viewers indirectly, and it additional underlines how messy issues are going to get if the companies don’t simply give Writers Guild what they’re asking for.

The MTV Film Awards will air on Sunday evening, Could 6.


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