Apple’s ‘Loot’ Shut Down as Striking Writers Disrupt Production (Exclusive)
The Writers Guild of America’s strike has claimed another victim. This time, it’s Apple’s “Loot” that has been impacted. According to sources, production on the Universal Television-produced comedy has come to a halt after picketers disrupted filming starring and executive produced by Maya Rudolph. It’s still uncertain if and when production will resume as of now.
Picketing Leads to Shutdown of “Loot”
Picketers from the Writers Guild of America arrived at the Bel-Air mega-mansion where “Loot” productions were being held on Friday, leading to production coming to a halt. Maya Rudolph, the lead star and executive producer, reportedly retreated to her trailer and refused to return to work. Representatives from Universal Television have declined any comments regarding the incident. Apple has not responded to any inquiries from The Unlisted News.
More Than 12,000 Members of the Writers Guild Strike
The Writers Guild of America began striking on Tuesday, when their contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expired. As of now, both sides have failed to reach a new deal, and there is no indication of when talks might resume.
Writers Guild of America’s Demands
The Writers Guild of America is fighting for a number of demands, including wage increases, additional compensation for streaming, viewership transparency, and protections against mini-rooms and the use of artificial intelligence. The guild’s demands are in response to the growing use of technology in the entertainment industry and its effect on writer compensation.
“Loot” is in production on its second season. The series was created by Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard, who previously worked with Rudolph on Amazon’s “Forever.” The story revolves around a billionaire whose seemingly perfect life falls apart when her husband of 20 years betrays her, and her public spiral becomes tabloid fodder. After discovering her charitable foundation, Molly (Rudolph) and its no-nonsense head, Sofia (Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, “Pose”), decide to donate a large portion of her wealth.
Other Scripted Productions Impacted by Strike
The strike has also left various other scripted productions suspended or halted. With no clear indication of how long the strike will last, these productions will remain in flux until a new contract agreement can be reached.