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Report: Writers Strike Forces Studios to Suspend Show Deals

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The Writers Guild of America continues its strike into another week, and the studios are beginning to feel its effects.

According to new reports, studios such as NBCUniversal, CBS, and Disney have all been forced to send out letters to striking writers and producers with “overall deals” notifying them that those deals are now suspended.

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The reports come from a reporter at Deadline, who states, “No one would comment but I hear Warner Bros. Television, Universal Studio Group, CBS Studios and Disney Television Studios’ 20th Television and ABC Signature are among those that have sent such notifications, with Sony Pictures Television relaying the message in conversations with representatives or informal emails.” The studios also let WGA strikers know that their compensation has also been suspended as of May 2, as the impasse continues.

Specifics regarding the show suspensions remain unclear at this time, but what is of note is that NBC’s iconic television show Saturday Night Live did not air as usual on Saturday, May 6. The troupe of comedians chose instead to walk out in solidarity, some of whom decided to spend the evening at a New York City comedy club.


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Related: Disney Demands Writer/Producers Work During Writer’s Strike

The reports also appear to suggest that the relationship suspensions remain subjective. Some Los Angeles-based studios appear to be keeping certain producers on payroll and extending the allowed suspension time before the strike participation results in termination.

Meanwhile, we at Disney Fanatic recently reported that showrunners in the animation side of television are not picketing with their peers and are continuing work on their own projects whether they want to or not.

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Read More: Some Disney Projects Not Affected by Writers Strike

At this time, there still appears to be no end in sight to this writers strike. And we at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on this story as more developments come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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