A few shows, like HBO’s ”House of the Dragon,“ will continue production…but almost everything else will come to a halt
Backed by tens of thousands of below-the-line film and TV workers, IATSE has set the countdown clock on talks with Hollywood studios. If a deal isn’t reached on a new bargaining agreement by Sunday evening at midnight, the union will begin its first-ever Hollywood strike, shutting down almost every film and TV project currently shooting or in postproduction.
Dozens, if not hundreds, of film and TV productions will come to a sudden halt if the union walks out — but there are two major exceptions, thanks to separate agreements that IATSE has made for certain productions. The first is for shows and movies being produced specifically for pay TV channels like HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and Starz. These include shows like HBO’s “Game of Thrones” spinoff “House of the Dragon,” Showtime’s “Billions” and Starz’s “Power.” These shows are produced under a separate IATSE agreement that runs through the end of 2022, and IATSE has instructed members working on such shows to disregard the strike order and show up on set.
The second major exception is for animated projects. IATSE Local 839, aka The Animation Guild, negotiates its own bargaining agreement with the AMPTP, which handles labor negotiations for the studios. This means that production on projects like DreamWorks’ “The Bad Guys” and HBO Max’s revival of “The Boondocks” can continue for now.
However, Local 839’s business representative Steve Kaplan says that like the other guilds in Hollywood, the current IATSE talks will significantly impact the animators’ own labor negotiations with AMPTP. Moreover, the current bargaining agreement Local 839 has with the studios expires at the end of this month, and if talks haven’t begun with AMPTP by then because of a strike, Kaplan says “there is a real possibility that The Animation Guild will hold its own strike authorization vote in support of the IATSE West Coast Locals.”