Friday, June 21, 2024

Tony Awards Now Imperiled as Broadway’s Actors Equity Joins Writers Guild on Picket Line


Actors Equity, the union that covers Broadway, has joined the Writers Guild picket line today.

This really spells trouble for the Tony Awards, which were already threatened with having no writers on the show on June 11th.

With Equity on the huskings, this means their sympathies are with the Writers Guild. There is no doubt the WGA will picket the Tonys on the night of the show. Now with this sword hanging over them, I’m told CBS is likely to move the Tonys to the fall when it’s hoped that the strike will be over.

My WGA sources say they’ve never seen such a strong commitment from other unions in this cause. All the other unions are supporting them. More and more people in front of and behind cameras are adamant that streaming services have to pay more to the writers. Soon, the directors’ and actors’ unions will be voting on the same issues.

A source says: “We’re in for a long haul.”

Come on Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Hulu et al. Let’s not let this drag on and on.

Roger Friedman
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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