At the recent Rock4EB benefit in Malibu, Judd Apatow shared his thoughts on the ongoing writers strike in Hollywood. The writer-director believes that the studios and streamers may have already planned for how the strike will end and what they are willing to compromise on.
He also expressed concern that not all the business interests involved may be interested in finding a quick solution to the situation.
Judd Apatow believes that Hollywood’s largest employers have a calculated plan to end the writers’ strike, and he shares his thoughts on the situation.
Apatow stated that the strike is a calculated business move by Hollywood’s largest employers, who he believes may not be treating writers as essential parts of their end games. He compared the situation to Twitter, where employees are expendable when companies want to save money. He warned that if the ecosystem of writers collapses, it will affect not only the writers but also the entire industry.
According to Apatow, the writers are not being greedy by asking for a larger piece of the financial pie. He believes that the current system does not reward success for many projects. If a project becomes popular, the creators do not necessarily make more money than if it was a failure. This takes away the motivation for creative people to work hard and create something successful. Apatow argues that this situation makes the writing career a tenuous one, where only a few can survive.
While Apatow does not currently have any projects in production directly impacted by the strike, he shares that the standstill affects everything in development, and the strike is complicating everything that they are trying to do. Apatow says that they are not in the middle of anything other than writing, but they still have to stop. As soon as the strike ends, they will have a backlog, and they will not need anything new.
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- Writers’ Strike for Fair Wages Halts Production of ‘Cobra Kai’ Season 6
In conclusion, Judd Apatow sees the ongoing writers strike as a business move by the largest employers in Hollywood. He believes that they may have already planned how the strike will end and what they are willing to compromise on. Apatow is concerned that not all business interests may be interested in finding a quick solution.
He argues that writers are not being greedy by asking for a larger piece of the financial pie and that the current system does not reward success for many projects. If the ecosystem of writers collapses, it will affect not only the writers but also the entire industry.