The 2023 Tony Awards ceremony will apparently not air as planned due to the ongoing Hollywood writers’ strike and may be subject to postponement. According to US media, event organizers had received a strike notice from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) so that the annual ceremony could go ahead as planned.
However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the WGA refused to grant the waiver on Friday. More than 11,000 union members went on strike last week when their contracts expired.
Several Hollywood movies have already been halted or postponed as a result of the strike, as have events such as the MTV Movie and TV Awards.
It has been reported that while a script for the Tony Awards, due to be held on June 11, was being written, organizers requested that the program be spared from protests.
Organizers reportedly stressed that struggling Broadway plays rely on the Tonys for publicity and that such a move would be financially devastating.
The ceremony on Friday would be postponed until the strike was over, or an event not televised would be held.
Here’s what the writers demand:
The union demands, among other things, higher minimum wages, more writers per program and less exclusivity on individual projects, claiming that these conditions have worsened during the explosion of the streaming era.
Ariana DeBose, an Oscar winner, was set to host the 2023 Tony Awards event at United Palace in New York.
There are several high-profile nominees, including Jodie Comer, Samuel L. Jackson, and singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.
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