Fran Drescher, who is currently co-starring with Joey McIntyre in Lifetime’s Latest V.C. Andrews Tale “Dawn”, announced with a powerful speech the SAG-AFTRA strike authorization, and Joey is with her.
On May 2, the WGA (Writers Guild of America), which represents almost 12,000 screenwriters, went on strike over an ongoing labor dispute with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Screenwriters are pursuing an increment in the funding, job security and size of writer’s rooms, as well as the limit of the use of artificial intelligence in the writing process.
On July 13, the union of actors have joined the claim. Fran Drescher (The Nanny; Lifetime’s “Dawn”) said in her speech,
“We are the victims here. We are being victimized by a very greedy entity. I am shocked by the way the people that we have been in business with are treating us. I cannot believe it, quite frankly, how far apart we are on so many things; how they plead poverty that they’re losing money left and right when giving hundreds of millions of dollars to their CEOs. It is disgusting. Shame on them.”
“The entire business model has been changed by streaming digital; AI. This is a moment of history that is a moment of truth. If we don’t stand tall right now, we are all going to be in trouble. We are all going to be in Jeopardy of being replaced by machines and big business who cares more about Wall Street than you and your family.”
Joey McIntyre showed his support for Fran Drescher’s speech on his Instagram Stories, writing, “I’m with the Nanny.”
Donnie Wahlberg, who’s part of the main cast of CBS’ scripted TV show Blue Bloods, hasn’t said anything about this historic moment yet.