“The gravity of this move is not lost on me, or our negotiating committee, or our board members who have voted unanimously to proceed with a strike,” said Fran Drescher, president, SAG-AFTRA in a press statement. “It’s a very serious thing that impacts thousands, if not millions of people all across this country and around the world. Not only members of this union, but people who work in other industries that service the people that work in this industry. And so, it came with great sadness that we came to this crossroads, but we had no choice.”
that the cast of “Oppenheimer,” including Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh and Matt Damon, walked out of the London premiere.
While movies like “Oppenheimer” and the highly anticipated “
” will not be affected, depending on how long the strike last, expect delays or even cancellations of film releases further down the road. The writers’ strike has already significantly affected both films and streaming shows. We’ve already seen changes to License Global’s April feature on
. Screenrant reported last month that several Disney movie releases would be pushed back, including James Cameron’s remaining Avatar sequels and several Marvel and Star Wars projects. Other studios have announced similar delays. NBC reported that production for several top TV shows had been impacted by the writers’ strike, including “Hacks,” “Yellowjackets” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Expect these lists to grow if either or both strikes drag on. (The longest of these strikes was in 1988 when the WGA struck for 22 weeks.) And delays and cancellations will naturally have an adverse effect on licensed consumer products. As many of these deals are made well in advance of release dates, licensed products may be sitting idly in warehouses like wallflowers waiting for the dance to start.
If the strikes drag on, streaming services might get a bump just because audiences will start to scavenge for content to consume. Viewers may become news junkies as news programs will continue as usual because a different union covers their writers. And reality TV fans will be safe because unscripted reality shows such as “Big Brother” and “The Bachelor” are also unaffected by strikes.
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