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 shows and films have halted manufacturing solely in a transfer of solidarity with the group.
Regardless of the strike, two massive reveals—Prime Video’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and HBO Max’s House of the Dragon—are transferring 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 line 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 received 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 government producer, he’s contributing to non-writing parts 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 Could 3, two days after the strike’s begin) that was despatched out to showrunners for its numerous sequence. In it, the company instructed 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 presently. The corporate’s successfully instructed them to do their full jobs, although doing so would absolutely 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 probably places him in an uncomfortable place, because the strike looks like it’ll go on for a while. The irony of a present like this being compelled to proceed working is certainly not misplaced, and it additional reveals how ridiculous it’s that these firms 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 remains to be slated to launch on Disney+ in August 2024.
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