Monday, May 20, 2024

Screen Actors Guild Orders Immediate Work Halt on Syfy Series “Z Nation” for “F failing to provide adequate financial assurances”


This just in from SAG-AFTRA: “Please be advised that GO2 Z 5, LLC., the producer of the Basic Cable Television series Z Nation has not completed the signatory process by failing to provide adequate financial assurances. As such, SAG-AFTRA members are hereby instructed to withhold any acting services for this production until further notice. Please note, accepting employment or rendering services on Z Nation may be considered a violation of Global Rule One.”

“Z Nation” stars DJ Qualls, et al. is in its fourth season on Syfy. It sounds like a low rent “Walking Dead” described on its website as “A group of survivors must cross the country with a possible cure for the zombie apocalypse. The holder of the cure, a zombie-human hybrid named Murphy, may not be so cooperative.”

Jodi Binstock and Steve Graham are chief partners in Go 2 Digital Media, the company cited in the SAG notice. Obviously, something is very wrong in Zombie land. This is not common for a series going into its 5th season. If you know anything, please email me at

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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