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Lionsgate suspends overall and first-look deals with non-writing producers

The Writers Guild of America strike started in May

Lionsgate Television has suspended first-look and overall deals with multiple non-writing producers, becoming the latest US studio to do so as the dual US strikes continues.

Deals suspended include those with Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum‘s The Tannenbaum Company, Paul Feig’s Feigco Entertainment and Michael London‘s Groundswell Productions.

Sources said Lionsgate is continuing to pay assistants and development executives under these deals.

The decision comes as numerous other studios move to suspend deals with non-writing producers.

Late last week, Apple suspended deals with several non-writing producers, while Warner Bros Discovery, Disney, CBS Studios and Universal Studio Group have all enacted similar measures since the Labour Day weekend in early September.

The first batch of deal suspensions took place in May, shortly after the Writers Guild of America (WGA) went on strike. The initial suspensions were mainly focused on writers, while the deal suspensions made this month have focused on non-writing producers who are not currently rendering any services to their studios. A suspension means that the deal can be reactivated when the strike ends.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and WGA will resume negotiations tomorrow, it has been confirmed, about one month after talks again broke down. Key issues that need to be resolved include use of AI, data transparency and residuals.

Heading into this new round of negotiations, there appears to be an appetite on both sides to get a deal done. However, there have been several false dawns during the WGA’s four-and-a-half-month strike, leading even the most optimistic spectators to question whether this latest round of talks will once again end in finger-pointing and recriminations.

Lionsgate declined to comment on the deal suspensions. Deadline was first to report the news.

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