June 1, 2023

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Tony Gilroy will not be producing Star Wars Andor during the writer’s strike

Andor Showrunner Tony Gilroy has announced that he will cease his non-writing duties on the series’ second season, which is currently in production. Advertising comes in Hollywood Reporterwho broke the news via a statement issued by Gilroy on Tuesday.

“I stopped everyone Writing and work-related writing Andor Before midnight, May 1. Gilroy writes, referring to the WGA’s initial vote to strike. “After being briefed on Saturday’s meeting, I informed Chris Keyser at the WGA Sunday morning that I would also cease all non-writing production jobs.”

Gilroy’s statement is the latest in a series of major convulsions that have occurred since the start of the WGA strike on May 1. Publish a miscellaneous report On Friday, May 5th, I reported that the second season of the show, as well as Prime Video, is coming Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power and max Dragon house, will resume production in the midst of the strike. The news was met with heavy criticism from fellow WGA members and on the Internet, including WGA member Abdullah Saeed, who singled out Gilroy in an Instagram post made on May 8.

On May 5, The Hollywood Reporter mentioned that several studios, including Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery, sent letters to the show’s executives asking them to continue their contractually binding non-writing services amid the strike. Your personal services agreement with [the] The Studio requires that you perform your showrunner and/or production duties even if the WGA attempts to fine you for performing such services during the strike,” Bob McPhail, associate principal counsel for Disney-owned ABC Signature wrote on May 3. No exemption is given. or suspend or terminate your duties as exhibitor and/or producer until and unless notified to you in writing by the studio.”

In a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter, the WGA accused these letters of serving as a veiled union-busting tactic, arguing that the duties listed in the memo, which include “bridging material necessitated by time-cutting” and “changes necessary to obtain acceptance of continuity or legal clearance” “are too narrowly defined.” Private in the union contract that they are writing services” and that they are “a destructive work which members of the union are prohibited from doing during a work stoppage.”

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is currently on strike, citing demands for a minimum wage, standard pay and residuals for entertainment released live or in theaters, as well as “addressing the abuse of microrooms,” which are smaller writers’ rooms that provide as much Less stability and engagement for writers, among other demands.

The second season of Andor It is expected to be released in August 2024, although there is no word on whether the strike or Gilroy’s absence from production will delay the series.

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