With the actor’s and writer’s strikes having no end in sight, Disney, like many other studios, including NBC, Warner Brothers and CBS, has suspended many of its overall and first-look deals of many non-writing producers across its studios, including 20th Television, ABC Signature, FX Productions and Disney Branded Television.
The deals hit with a suspension include:
- Gina Rodriguez (Not Dead Yet),
- Justin Hartley (Arrow),
- Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us),
- Mandy More (Tangled),
- Yara Shahidi (Grown-Ish),
- Marc Webb (Rebel),
- Hiro Murai (The Bear),
- Billy Porter (Pose),
- Stacey Sher (Miss America).
And there will be more producers set to have their deals suspended, who the studios are still contacting.
An overall deal, also known as an exclusive deal, is a business agreement with a studio that pays a creator (like a writer, director, producer, or actor) a fee for first refusal on any of their future projects.
According to Deadline, many deals had been suspended shortly after the writer’s strike started in May, but this is the latest batch of suspensions by Disney, as uncertainty over the strikes continues going into the winter and with no timetable for the studios and the WGA to resume negotiations. Should the strike continue much longer, the studios may start terminating deals, as they did back during the strike in 2007/08, but it seems like the studios are trying to keep the deals in place as long as they can, to keep the talent locked into a contract.
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