What does the unified strike of WGA and SAG-AFTRA mean for your favorite TV shows, movies? – Hindustani Times

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July 13, 2023 6:38 PM IST

Negotiations between unions and studios have stalled, leading to the combined Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Screen Actors Guild strikes

The entertainment industry is facing a double whammy as the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) strike is now joined by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strike. Both groups are looking for better pay and protection as streaming continues to reshape the entertainment landscape. This is the first time since 1960 that writers and actors have gone on strike at the same time, bringing the industry to a standstill.

Here's what the unified strike of WGA and SAG-AFTRA will mean for your favorite TV shows and movies.
Here’s what the unified strike of WGA and SAG-AFTRA will mean for your favorite TV shows and movies.

Here’s what the strike means for your favorite shows and movies.

Ghost town of Hollywood: impact on TV shows and movies

The combined strike of writers and actors would turn Hollywood into a ghost town. While production of reality TV, animation (excluding voice acting), and some talk shows may continue, most scripted content would be affected. TV shows returning later this year and next year, as well as upcoming movies, would be delayed.

The fall airing TV schedule, which already relies heavily on reality TV and reruns, would be further affected. Streaming services would eventually run out of new scripted series to premiere, shuffling release calendars once again. The absence of actors from promotional activities and talk shows would further disrupt the industry landscape.

The WGA strike has already caused widespread disruption, bringing most film and TV productions to a halt in major cities. With SAG-AFTRA joining the picket lines, even projects that continued with completed scripts will be forced to shut down.

Highly anticipated series such as House of the Dragon And Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning part two will likely experience film delays. In addition, actors participating in the strike are prohibited from participating in promotional activities that affect premieres and red carpet events.

Movies like gladiatorial 2 And Mortal Kombat 2 prepared for filming to stop.

Get ready for a bland showbiz extravaganza like premieres, like the much-anticipated Disney’s haunted house, will lose their star-studded charm. Even the long-awaited Barbie prime minister is not in danger.

The red carpet will be devoid of A-list glamourleaving fans and fashion enthusiasts yearning for the glitz and glamor that once graced these prestigious events.

Emmys are under threat, award shows rescheduled

The timing of the SAG-AFTRA strike poses a major challenge to upcoming award ceremonies. Due to the lack of familiar faces due to the strike, the Emmys may need to be postponed from September to January to ensure a star-studded event. This disruption further highlights the strike’s impact on the industry’s most prestigious gatherings.

Studios play hard, negotiations get stuck

Negotiations between the unions and studios have reached a deadlock, with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) showing no interest in meeting with Writers Guild representatives until the end of October. Anonymous sources suggest the studios are aiming to extend the strike, potentially putting union members in financial trouble and risking losing their homes. However, the AMPTP denies these allegations.

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As the strike continues, the fate of favorite TV shows and movies hangs in the balance. With negotiations stalled and tensions escalating, Hollywood is bracing for the long-lasting impact of the combined WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike.

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