Hollywood Strikes Put Emmys 2023 in Limbo

Emmys 2023 on hold for unknown time period as writers and actors fight for their rights

By Madison Raymond July 28, 2023
Hollywood Strikes Put Emmys 2023 in Limbo

Hollywood Strikes Put Emmys 2023 in Limbo

The 2023 Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, which was originally set to air on September 18, has been delayed. The delay comes as the Hollywood writers' and actors' strikes continue.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) went on strike on July 1, 2023, in a dispute over pay and working conditions. The strikes have shut down production on many television shows and movies, and have also affected the Emmys.

The Emmys are produced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), which is a labour union. The ATAS has said that it cannot produce the Emmys without the cooperation of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA.

In a statement, the ATAS said, "We are disappointed that the Emmys will not be able to air on September 18 as planned. We hope that the strikes will be resolved soon so that we can celebrate the best in television programming."

The delay of the Emmys is a major blow to the television industry. The Emmys are one of the most prestigious awards in television, and they generate millions of dollars in advertising revenue.

The strikes have also had a negative impact on the economy. The Los Angeles Times estimates that the strikes have cost the Los Angeles economy $1 billion so far.

It is unclear when the Emmys will be rescheduled. The WGA and SAG-AFTRA have said that they are willing to return to the bargaining table, but they have not yet reached an agreement.

In the meantime, the Emmys are in limbo. The ATAS has said that it will continue to work with the WGA and SAG-AFTRA to try to find a way to produce the ceremony. However, it is possible that the Emmys will not be held at all this year.