This year’s Emmy Awards ceremony has been delayed indefinitely due to the ongoing actor and writer’s strikes.
The show was scheduled to air Sept. 18th on Fox, but Variety reports that it’s been put on hold. A rescheduled date has not been announced, but Fox is reportedly looking at January 2024.
It’s the first time the Emmys have been delayed since 2001, when they were pushed back two months after the 9/11 attacks.
This month, about 160,000 actors represented by SAG-AFTRA went on strike against the same studios after the union said studio management offers were “insulting and disrespectful.” The Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA are the unions representing the striking writers and actors.
The Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA are striking for increased pay and progress on residuals, particularly on streaming services. The strikes have disrupted Hollywood productions and have had a devastating effect on the industry. The companies AMPTP represents have seen drops in their stock prices, prompting cost cuts, including layoffs.
In solidarity to support the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA, the people keeping these companies up and running would have to cancel subscriptions. It’s been said that of 160,000 actors represented by SAG only 1% of them qualify for the insurance program.
The writers’ strike of more than 11,000 members came after their union and the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers could not agree on issues including staffing and duration of employment on shows.