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WGA Strike: Studios Pressure Showrunners to Continue Non-Writing Duties

NOTE: This article is 1 year old and may not include the most recent information.

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.

Trevor Decker
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