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Apple has suspended a number of deals with producers on its Apple TV+ streaming service, with production companies and talent hit by the ongoing writers' strike.
TV productions from broadcasters and streaming services continue to be damaged by pickets and strikes by SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America. As other studios pause overall deals and rights of first choice, Apple has joined the group that has paused deals.
According to Deadline, the “several agreements” affected by Apple's decision include Natalie Portman's MountainA and Adam McKay's Hyperobject Industries.
The Ankler writes that the disqualification occurred on Wednesday, marking the 136th day of the WGA strike and the 63rd day of SAG-AFTRA. The suspension will not affect all companies and talent working with Apple TV+, with preferential treatment expected for deals that are either in active development or close to release.
For example, the Martin Scorsese deal is expected to continue due to the need to promote Killers of the Flower Moon. It is believed that non-script producers are also working on projects that can be saved. including Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone, the production company of Masters of the Air.
Apple has so far declined to comment on which deals will be affected by the suspension.