Strike makes ABC shed writer deals


The force majeure ax has swung at ABC Studios, which on Friday notified nearly two dozen writers and nonwriting producers it is terminating their overall deals as a result of the strike.

While all of the major studios had previously suspended deals for their scribes, the ABC Studios action reps the biggest move yet by a major to cut ties to talent. Studio wasn’t talking specifics, but based on industry estimates, it appears ABC Studios has cut nearly a quarter of its roster.

Almost all of the deals axed involved producers or writers who weren’t currently working on major series. There were no reports of ABC Studios cutting loose big-bucks deals with the likes of Marc Cherry or Shonda Rhimes.

(Source: Variety)

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