How Hollywood Is Bracing for Another Shutdown as IATSE Strike Threat Gets Real

“It’s obviously not the best timing for the industry but, you know, that’s when strikes are most effective,” one director tells TheWrap

Will they or won’t they? Only the hairdressers know for sure — along with gaffers, electricians, prop makers, set decorators, generator operators and tens of thousands of other IATSE members who may go on strike this Monday, plunging Hollywood into yet another round of production shutdowns just as the town was starting to recover from nearly a year of crushing COVID-19 lockdowns.

“Oh, there’s going to be a strike, that’s what I’m hearing,” one veteran Hollywood director predicted Thursday. “It’s obviously not the best timing for the industry but, you know, that’s when strikes are most effective.”

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Diane Haithman

Senior Entertainment Business Reporter • diane@thewrap.com • @dhaithman