The ongoing labor strikes in Hollywood have had far-reaching consequences, with NBCUniversal’s Universal Studio Group taking a significant step by suspending several deals, including those involving Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video and Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions.
As the strike, which began in May 2023, enters its 20th week, Universal Studio Group made the decision to suspend these high-profile deals, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This suspension comes amid a labor clash between the Writers Guild and major studios and streaming platforms.
Universal Studio Group, which encompasses divisions like Universal Television, Universal Content Productions, and Universal Pictures, reached out to its remaining writing and producing partners to gauge their willingness to contribute non-writing services in light of the ongoing strike.
This suspension is not limited to writers alone; it also impacts non-writing producers associated with Universal Studio Group.
Both Lorne Michaels and Dwayne Johnson are prominent figures in the entertainment industry. Michaels is known for his work on “Saturday Night Live” and various scripted TV shows, while Dwayne Johnson has an extensive portfolio in the world of films and entertainment.
The strikes have disrupted the normal functioning of Hollywood, with several deals, productions, and schedules being affected. Interestingly, WWE has remained relatively unaffected by these strikes, as its writers are not part of the Writers Guild, allowing talents like John Cena to return to WWE television during this turbulent period.
The outcome of these strikes and the eventual resolution will have a lasting impact on the entertainment industry as a whole, affecting major players and their projects in Hollywood.
Regarding the possibility for The Rock to return to WWE during this strike, it seems very unlikely. Ringside News asked about his status within the company a few weeks back and were told he’s currently not being discussed for a return to the company.
How might this suspension of deals with high-profile figures like Lorne Michaels and Dwayne Johnson impact the landscape of television and film production? Leave us a comment.