The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Fox announced on Thursday that the Emmy Awards ceremony, which was scheduled to take place on September 18, has been postponed to mid-January 2024 due to a writers’ and actors’ strike.
The last time the Emmy Awards were postponed was in 2001 due to the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Now that the writers and actors are on strike, the awards ceremony would have to go without the stars and celebrities nominated, and the hosts would have to do without speeches and jokes written by the writers.
As AFP wrote, all this would have a “catastrophic effect” on the viewership of this gala on television. However, the organizers of the Emmy Awards hope that the dispute between the studios and the strikers will be settled by January.
Strike in Hollywood
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) went on strike on May 2 after failing to reach an agreement on higher wages with media companies.
The Actors Guild went on strike in mid-July and said it was fighting the studios not only for better wages, but also because they intended to own digital replicas of them “in perpetuity” to simulate supporting characters. The “scanned” actors would only be paid for one day’s work. Stars such as Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Jennifer Lawrence and Mark Ruffalo signed a letter to take up the actors’ strike.
AFP stressed that since the beginning of these protests, the parties to the dispute have not been able to agree on anything or bring their positions closer. On Friday, a meeting was held between the negotiators of screenwriters and media concerns, but the talks ended in a fiasco.
The most Emmy nominations (in 27 categories) this year was received by the series “Succession”, awarded in 2020 with seven awards, which are awarded in a total of 119 categories.
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