The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is on strike for the first time in 15 years, following the collapse of talks with studios. Studios like HBO/HBO Max, Disney, and CBS Studios are pressuring WGA members who are active showrunners to continue fulfilling their non-writing duties.
Warner Bros Discovery-owned HBO/HBO Max sent a letter to showrunners and executive producers stating that they believe certain non-writing services should continue during the strike. Disney and Paramount-owned CBS Studios sent similar letters, emphasizing the expectation that showrunners will perform non-writing duties in post-production and beyond.
WGA responded to the studios’ letters, arguing that the so-called “A through H” duties are considered writing services and are prohibited during the strike. They criticized Disney for resorting to “union-busting tactics.”
Some showrunners have expressed dissatisfaction with the studios’ heavy-handed approach, insisting that they understand their rights and obligations and do not appreciate being treated like children.