Is the writers strike still going on? (Updates on the WGA strike)
The WGA strike (also known as the writers strike) has been in full swing since the Basic Agreement’s contract between the Writers Guild of America and The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) expired on May 1, 2023.
The two groups, one an organization that represents writers in the entertainment industry and the other which represents the production companies they work for, couldn’t come to a consensus on compensation including residuals, the future of writers rooms, the creeping threat of artificial intelligence, and more. You can read a full breakdown, here.
As such, the industry has been steadily grinding to a halt as productions are delayed due to the lack of writers or because of picketing that’s interrupted shooting. Award shows have been affected as have daytime and late night talks shows which won’t be airing new episodes until the strike is over or, in the case of the late night programs, if the situation becomes financially rough for crew members who are not writers.
Here’s the latest on the writers strike.
Is the writers strike still going on?
As reported by Deadline:
May 26, 2023
Filming on Blade Runner 2099 could be delayed until Spring 2024. Though filming was to take place in Belfast and not the States, the effect of the strike is being felt worldwide due to the global reach of streaming TV and how many working parts depend on the WGA’s members.
HBO shows impacted by the writers strike:
- A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight – Writers room shut down
- The Last of Us season 2 – Writers room shut down, potential 2025 release window
- White Lotus season 3 – writers room shut down
- Euphoria season 3 – Sam Levinson is not writing on the series due to the strike, potential 2025 release window
- House of the Dragon season 2 – Filming is still going in the U.K. Any rewrites and/or reshoots will occur after the strike.
May 25, 2023
Duster has officially shut production down until after the strike.
During a Q&A after a quarterly earnings call, Lionsgate CFO Jimmy Barge said that the company projects they’ll experience little to no financial impact if the writers strike lasts three months (the 2007-2008 strike was 100 days). This is based on Lionsgate’s large library and content pipeline.
Thunderbolts and Wonder Man have halted production, they’ll resume once the strike is over. Pre-production on Blade remains paused.
May 24, 2023
Due to picketing, production on the second season of Nickelodeon’s The Really Loud House was suspended.
Filming on location in Los Angeles is down 51.5% (according to last week’s number) compared to last year. Speaking to Deadline, Philip Sokoloski, a spokesman for FilmLA, said the following about the severe drop due to the strike:
In a normal week at this time of year, there would be dozens of scripted television projects actively in production. By contrast, we have just five scripted TV series with permits to film this week, and three of the projects connected with these permits are reported to have ended production. Of the remaining two permits for scripted TV shows, he said: “Both are connected with non-certified stages and studios. These permits are typically pulled by productions on a rolling two-week basis. Under the circumstances, the existence of a stage permit is not a reliable indicator that film work is taking place.”
Production on Duster has once again been shut down.
May 22, 2023
Production on season 2 of FX’s Old Man has been suspended indefinitely. Reportedly shooting was to last until the completion of episode 5 since the rest of the scripts need rewrites, however, they were only able to finish production on episode 4 before the call to halt filming was announced. Production is expected to resume sometime after the strike.
Production on the Max period drama, Duster, has been suspended. The series, from Latoya Morgan and J.J. Abrams, is set in 1972 and follows the first black woman to become an FBI agent. Her name is Nina and she’s working to take down a crime syndication. Production was shut down after International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and teamsters refused to cross the picket line. Abrams himself had been spotted on a picket line on May 5 at FOX studios.
May 19, 2023
The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) board has voted unanimously to authorize a strike if they can’t reach an agreement with the AMPTP. Negotiations between the two bodies begin June 7. Their contracts expire on June 30.
The Penguin, the Colin Farrell-led The Batman spin-off series coming to Max, saw production disruptions from Tuesday-Thursday this week due to Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) picketers. Smaller scenes were able to be filmed in Brooklyn on Friday. The show is expected to premiere on the streamer in 2024.
Production on Good Fortune, a film written and directed by Aziz Ansari and also starring Keanu Reeves and Seth Rogen has been halted indefinitely due to the strike and picketing during (attempted) filming.
Stay tuned to Hidden Remote for more updates on the WGA strike and whether SAG-AFTRA and the Directors Guild of America (DGA) will be launching their own strikes in the coming weeks/months.