‘We’re All Looking for Work’

Hollywood’s blue-collar staff are reportedly struggling to find work as the end of “peak television” and deep budget cuts across major studios have led to a significant slowdown in production. That’s what it means.

The result has been economic destruction for the so-called “below the line” people who keep the Hollywood stage up and running.

in report Indiewire revealed that some crew members have not had full-time jobs in over a year, relying on daytime play, the occasional music video, or odd jobs outside of movies and TV. Many spoke of leaving the industry entirely or of colleagues losing their health insurance or savings.

In one instance, one of the crew members talked about the suicide of a colleague.

Hollywood staff is primarily represented by IATSE and the Teamsters, who are responsible for protecting their members in negotiations with studios.

Both IATSE and the Teamsters endorsed Joe Biden in 2020.

IATSE has doubled down on its support for Biden, with the board voting unanimously to extend its support until Biden’s re-election.

The past four years have not been good for blue-collar workers in Hollywood.

Many are still recovering financially from the pandemic and last year’s double strike by actors and writers. The expected recovery in production from both disasters did not materialize. Instead, crew members face the prospect of long-term unemployment as major studios, suffering from a downturn in TV advertising, cut spending, canceled shows and scaled back once-splendid streaming spending. .

“It’s never been this slow. The economic situation for many crew members in general has been worse than the pandemic,” said Ellis Jackson, a digital asset manager at IATSE Local 871 who has been unemployed for the past 14 months. told Indiewire.

“At the time, we were classified as essential workers, with support from the government and studios. This time, all we have is each other. In fact, we don’t have enough outside of our community. I don’t have the support I need.”

As Breitbart News reported, the sharp decline in television advertising has hit major Hollywood studios hard, leading to budget cuts and layoffs. Households, crushed by inflation brought on by the Biden administration, are struggling to afford basic necessities like food and energy and are cutting spending. As a result, companies are buying fewer commercials on TV.

The Walt Disney Company hired 7,000 people last year amid $7.5 billion in spending cuts, with another $2 billion in cuts planned.

Other studios actively working include Warner Bros. Discovery, Paramount Global, and Amazon/MGM Studios.

According to Indiewire, FX’s research team recently tallied the number of adult live-action scripted shows released in 2023 at 516, which is 14% higher than 2022, which hit an all-time high of 600 series. It is said to have decreased. This is the largest decline in the past 20 years.

More Hollywood strikes are likely in the coming months as economic desperation boils over.

IATSE and the Teamsters (representing most of the junior staff) are scheduled to enter negotiations with the major studios on March 4th.

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