HBO has introduced that Euphoria will halt manufacturing resulting from each the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. According to the broadcaster, the acclaimed drama sequence from Sam Levinson gained’t return till at the very least 2026. Maybe that’s a very good factor, given the catastrophe that was his newest mission, The Idol. However, the fundamental rights and calls for of the individuals who create these exhibits are extra objectively extra necessary than a TV present that you could be get pleasure from.
The SAG-AFTRA government board will meet afterward July 13 to formally approve strike motion. Picketing will start July 14. It’s the primary time since 1986 that SAG’s actors have voted to strike. However, there was a strike by business actors in 2000. Furthermore, with the WGA strike ongoing, this marks a historic second. For the primary time since 1960, each the WGA and SAG-AFTRA shall be on strike on the identical time.
SAG-AFTRA And WGA Warn Against Industry Propaganda
Without writers or actors, there’s little or no that Hollywood can do proper now. Per SAG President Fran Drescher, “[AMPTP’s response] to the union’s most important proposals have been insulting & disrespectful of our contributions to this industry. The companies have refused to meaningfully engage on some topics & on others completely stonewalled us.” Meanwhile, the AMPTP continues its struggle on the putting staff. Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, referred to as the calls for of the WGA and SAG “not realistic” whereas showing on CNBC. For context, Iger makes a minimal of $25 million a 12 months. The present calculation places the calls for of the WGA and SAG at a price of round 0.02% of the income of the AMPTP. Iger’s feedback additionally come after Disney, an organization that remodeled $80 billion final 12 months, made “cost-saving” layoffs at ESPN and National Geographic.
Furthermore, the AMPTP has been accused by putting staff of planting anti-union propaganda articles at retailers akin to Deadline. While retailers akin to Deadline are parroting the AMPTP speaking level that studio bosses are keen to ready the WGA out (primarily let the writers go broke after which have them beg for mercy), that is unfaithful. Per TV author David Slack in a wonderful Twitter thread, “What happens is they run out of product. No new shows in streaming to drive and sustain subscribers, no new shows in broadcast and ad-supported to bring in ad revenue. No shows, no money, no money, bad earnings report. Bad earnings report, bye-bye stock price. Bye-bye CEO. After 70+ days with no writers to create their product for them, the pipeline is running dry. Their stock price isn’t tanking yet. But if they don’t make a deal with us, it will. And they know it.” Solidarity eternally.