Universal Studio Group halted working with the company of Dwayne Johnson, Seven Bucks Productions, due to a major disagreement between writers and film producers.
The news about Universal Studio Group ending their deals with Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video studio and Seven Bucks has been shared by The Hollywood Reporter. According to the article, Universal Studio Group talked to these companies about doing different jobs instead of just writing.
NBCUniversal suspends Dwayne Johnson deal
Universal Studio Group, which is part of NBCUniversal, has done something very big by stopping important agreements. This includes deals with famous people like Lorne Michaels and Dwayne Johnson. This happened because there’s a big fight between the Writers Guild and Hollywood’s movie and TV companies, and it’s been going on for 20 weeks now. Many big projects are stuck because of this problem.
“Universal Studio Group — which also includes Universal Television, Universal Content Productions, and Universal Pictures, among other divisions, — reached out to its remaining writing and producing partners Monday to see if they were comfortable with contributing non-writing services,” the report said.
“Sources also note that Universal Studio Group’s non-writing producers are among those who are impacted by the latest round of suspensions. The pacts with Michaels (Saturday Night Live and a number of scripted TV shows) and Johnson (prolific in features and films) are among Universal’s most high-profile,” The Hollywood Reporter added.
When the strikes began in May 2023, the WWE creative team was not among those on strike, therefore it was assumed that they would be unaffected. Because of the SAG-AFTRA strikes, John Cena‘s return to WWE TV happened when he had the time.