The Writers Guild of America’s strike against Hollywood studios and streamers continued on Thursday, with Gina Prince-Bythewood and Drew Barrymore showing solidarity with writers.
On the third day of the strike, Prince-Bythewood, known for her work on The female king And Love & Basketball, join the picket line in front of Warner Bros. Studios. in Burbank, California.
“We’re here because we want everyone to be successful, obviously when the studios are successful we all are successful,” the writer-director said. Deadline. “But we want our fair share. We want to be paid fairly, we want to share in the success.
WHY I HIT: ‘We want everyone to succeed…but we want our fair share’ – ‘The Woman King’ director Gina Prince-Bythewood, outside Warner Bros in Burbank today #WritersStrike pic.twitter.com/4PBDIQFuwV
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) May 4, 2023
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Earlier today, Barrymore announced she was stepping down as host of Sunday’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, to support the screenwriters.
“I listened to the writers, and in order to truly respect them, I will avoid hosting the MTV Movie & TV Awards live, in solidarity with the strike,” she said in a statement.
The actress and talk show host has agreed to return next year to host the awards show.
“I thank MTV, who have truly been one of the best partners I have ever worked with,” she added. “And I can’t wait to be a part of that next year when I can really celebrate all that MTV has created, which is a show that lets fans choose who the awards go to and that’s truly inclusive.”
The awards are set to continue for the time being, but the red carpet arrivals queue has been removed.
On Tuesday, Jay Leno handed out boxes of donuts to writers marching the Disney Studios picket line in Burbank, just as he did during the 2007 writers’ strike.
Jay Leno just came to Disney to hand out donuts to writers. THANKS @jayleno for solidarity!! #WGASstrong pic.twitter.com/4pq8kpWTSk
— Caroline “WGA Captain” Renard (@carolinerenard_) May 2, 2023
The WGA strike is the result of stalled negotiations over higher salaries and concerns over the role of artificial intelligence in screenwriting projects.
The guild called a strike after talks with studios and streamers broke down Monday night, prompting 11,500 film and TV writers to come out in Los Angeles, New York and other cities Tuesday afternoon.
The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which represents the studios, issued a statement on Monday saying it had made a “generous” offer, which was rejected by the WGA.
Once the strike began, the late-night shows were the first to die out.
As mentioned earlier, the strike disrupted the production of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers, and Comedy Central The daily broadcast.
This weekend’s episode of saturday night live, what old SNL Cast member Pete Davidson, slated to host, was also canceled. Lil Uzi Vert has been booked to serve as musical guest.
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