Hollywood Shuts Down: Actors and Writers Strike, Industry at Standstill
Hollywood finds itself in an unprecedented shutdown as actors and writers unite in a strike, marking the first major disruption in 63 years.By: Charan | 15 July 2023 6:35 AM GMT
Hollywood finds itself in an unprecedented shutdown as actors and writers unite in a strike, marking the first major disruption in 63 years. The walkout was announced by the Screen Actors Guild, representing 160,000 performers, after failed labor negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers, including major studios such as Disney and Netflix. This joint strike, not witnessed since 1960, carries significant implications for film and television production in the United States.
The strike effectively halts the production of all films and scripted television shows, excluding independent projects not covered by union contracts. Popular series like "Stranger Things" and upcoming Marvel releases may face significant delays until labor conflicts are resolved. While the immediate impact on theatrical releases is expected to be minimal due to lengthy production timelines, future releases may encounter setbacks.
While continuing to offer localised content from other nations, streaming firms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will have to halt their Hollywood productions. It is crucial to note that over 90% of consumer expenditure in the US entertainment sector is made up of pay TV and digital subscriptions.
Three well-known Hollywood celebrities, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, and Johnny Depp, actively participate in the strike to put pressure on the studios to have fair negotiations. Ben Stiller, Colin Farrell, and other well-known people have also shown support.
The strike's profound impact resonates throughout the industry, with potential delays and cancellations looming until labor disputes find resolution. Hollywood experiences a standstill as the future of film and television production hangs in the balance.