To Avoid Paying Any Residuals, Studios Remove Movies and TV From Circulation

This post is by Alyssa Miller from No Film School

You don’t have to pay people what they’re owed if the content doesn’t “exist.”

Writers, directors, and actors are all fighting to secure residuals from streaming services. With the WGA currently on strike and the DGA and SAG-AFTRA in negotiations to achieve fair wages and residuals that help keep them living and working in Hollywood until they can get their next job, the structure of the streaming industry is collapsing.

Even if this fight is won, some companies are removing titles from their streaming services to seemingly avoid paying any residuals.

Warner Bros. Discovery notoriously removed over 100+ titles from HBO Max in 2022 and AMC and Showtime recently had similar scalebacks, Deadline reports that Disney is now following their lead and is pulling content from Disney+ and Hulu on May 26th. Among these titles that are being pulled are Disney+ originals like Willow, Big Short, Turner & Hooch, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, Just Beyond, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, and Hulu originals like Y: The Last Man, Dollface, The Hot Zone, Maggie, Pistols, and Little Demon.

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