NBCUniversal’s Common Studio Group has suspended Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video and Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks, together with an unknown variety of different movie and TV offers, as the continued labor conflict between the writers guild and Hollywood’s studios and streamers enters its twentieth week.
Sources inform The Hollywood Reporter that Common Studio Group — which incorporates Common Tv, Common Content material Productions and Common Footage, amongst different divisions — reached out to its remaining writing and producing companions Monday to see in the event that they had been comfy with contributing non-writing providers. Those that nonetheless have lively scripted or unscripted tasks who agreed to proceed to work are usually not being impacted. Others who’ve both accomplished manufacturing or weren’t keen to ship non-writing providers had been suspended.
The transfer comes after Common Studio Group joined different studios early within the strike in suspending most of its offers.
Sources additionally notice that Common Studio Group’s non-writing producers are amongst those that are impacted by the most recent spherical of suspensions. The pacts with Michaels (Saturday Night time Dwell and a variety of scripted TV reveals) and Johnson (prolific in options and movies) are amongst Common’s most high-profile.
Final week, Channing Dungey’s Warner Bros. Tv Group suspended its prime producers — Greg Berlanti, J.J. Abrams, Invoice Lawrence and Mindy Kaling — in any case 4 had continued to ship non-writing providers. A number of sources instructed THR that different studios — specifically Common and Paramount World — had been anticipated to observe.
Sources notice that Seth MacFarlane stays lively at UCP whereas engaged on the reboot of Ted for Peacock. Sources say procedural king Dick Wolf can be amongst those that stay lively, as he has unscripted programming within the works. Different producers at Common Studio Group who’ve already been suspended embody Tina Fey, Sam Esmail and Mike Schur.
Reps for Common Studio Group declined to remark.
After Warners suspended its mega-producers, the business has been bracing for others to observe go well with. None of Lionsgate’s offers stay lively; and whereas Sony TV suspended each author on its roster again in Might, it agreed to dole out weekly offers for producing providers (the studio nonetheless has lively non-writing offers, as effectively). One factor that has to this point not occurred has been studios outright terminating offers by invoking pressure majeure clauses; a number of studio and streaming sources instructed THR final week their deal rosters had already been culled pre-strike.