WGA 08 Strike: Gale Force Majeure


ABC went all force majeure on Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia, Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, director Larry Charles, exec producer Jon Robin Baitz, writer Bill Callahan and actor/producer Taye Diggs, as well as others.

Warner Bros. Television cut loose less than six deals; CBS Paramount Network TV ditched around ten, including Hugh Jackman (after Viva Laughlin, where’s the surprise?), The Chronicles of Narnia producer Mark Johnson, the Emmy-winning Sopranos writing duo of Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green, Barry Schindel, John McNamara , Jennifer Levin, Liz Astrof, and the team of Aron Abrams and Greg Thompson. 20th Century Fox TV ended 15 agreements. Universal Media Studios also ended a handful of deals, including Alex Herschlag and Cheryl Holliday.

If the strike continues, producers may not have to hire these writers and producers back. On the other hand, talent can seek out richer deals, if the strike drags on and on.

The WGA made deals with Spyglass and Media Rights Capital similar to the Worldwide Pants and United Artists agreements.

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