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The ongoing Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) strike in Hollywood has halted progress on numerous productions, including the second season of Apple TV+’s workplace comedy, “Loot.” The strike has seen approximately 12,000 WGA members on picket lines outside of major studios, demanding a new contract that provides fairer pay and sustainable working conditions for writers.
According to a source close to production, “Loot” had its production in Bel-Air shut down due to picketers turning up at a mansion used for filming the show on Friday. The disruption resulted in star and executive producer Maya Rudolph retreating to her trailer while strike members were in attendance.
“Loot” follows billionaire Molly Novak, played by Rudolph, as she navigates a public downfall and discovers her charity foundation, leading to a journey of self-discovery. The show, created by Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard, also features Rudolph as a writer.
The WGA strike began on May 2 after the writer’s union and the Alliance for Motion Pictures and Television Producers failed to agree on a new contract. The WGA is demanding fairer pay and protections for writers to make writing a sustainable profession.
The strike has resulted in significant disruptions to the entertainment industry, with picketing taking place outside of major studios such as Netflix, Warner Bros., and Disney. The WGA has urged its members to stand in solidarity with the strike, emphasizing the importance of writers’ contributions to the industry.
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The WGA strike highlights ongoing issues within the entertainment industry regarding fair pay and working conditions for writers. With picketing causing significant disruptions to productions such as “Loot,” the strike serves as a reminder of the importance of valuing and protecting the creative labor behind the entertainment we consume.