Emmy Awards Postponed & Other Benefits of the Writers Strike

Picketers carry signs outside Amazon Studios in Culver City, Calif.  (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

 

More than 35 Hollywood productions have been affected since the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) went on strike. With writers’ rooms pausing, productions shutting down, and picketers disrupting filming, studios are feeling the heat from the strike. Talk shows and variety shows shut down first due to the topical nature of their content, but a lot more scripted productions have announced production pauses or writers’ room closures in the last week since the strike began.

 

Movies like Blade, Deadpool 3, Captain America: Brave New World, and tv shows like Thunderbolts, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power have similarly been delayed and postponed.

 

What many don’t understand about the strike is that the writers want a higher percentage of profits that don’t actually exist. The streamers are losing money. As John Nolte notes:

 

Streaming services are losing billions, pay TV is dying, movies are not making a comeback, and entertainment stocks are sinking.

Where exactly are the profits?

Here’s what terrifies the industry more than anything… The strikers want residuals on streaming content. For that to happen, streaming services must release viewership data on streaming shows, something they have adamantly refused to do. You see, the streamers don’t want Wall Street to see this data. Once Wall Street discovers no one is watching 340 of those 350 shows linked above, the stock will take an even deeper dive.

 

Now we’re learned that The Emmy Awards, which were scheduled to be broadcast on Fox on Sept. 18, will not air as planned due to the strike. Rules laid out by the actors’ union, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, say stars cannot campaign for the Emmys or attend awards shows while on strike, and writers are also not permitted from working on awards shows until the strike ends.

 

Movies like Blade, Deadpool 3, Captain America: Brave New World, and tv shows like Thunderbolts, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power have similarly been delayed and postponed.

 

Does the rest of America, outside of Tinsel Town, actually give a damn? 

 

Roughly 65,000 SAG-AFTRA actors and 11,500 Writers Guild of America screenwriters are on strike, calling for better pay, structure with residual payments and protection from the use of artificial intelligence. What seems to be missing is that these strikers want a higher percentage of profits that simply don’t exist.

 

 

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Jamison Ashley

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