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The writers of ‘The Full Monty” picket the series premiere to support the US writers’ strike

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‘The Full Monty’ series writers Alice Nutter and Simon Beaufoy

The Full Monty series creator Simon Beaufoy and co-writer Alice Nutter have demonstrated their support for the US writers’ strike by picketing the Disney+ show’s premiere, which took place last night (Monday, June 5) in Sheffield.

Nutter posted on Twitter ahead of the premiere, on May 18: “Worked on The Full Monty TV show for 3 years with Simon Beaufoy but as WGA members @WGAWestwriters we are on strike so won’t be doing any promo, interviews or going to our own premieres. It is important to win the WGA writers strike. Solidarity.”

Nutter and Beaufoy didn’t attend the premiere, but greeted the queue outside the cinema with placards saying: “We wrote this show but we can’t go – fair deal for writers” and “The Full Monty, about people, for people, by people, no AI.”

WGA members went on strike on May 2, after negotiations broke down between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture And Television Producers (AMPTP). The WGA wants better pay, especially in relation to TV compensation and support for the potential impact of generative A.I. The WGGB warned all UK writers and its members to not work on US projects while the WGA was on strike. It advised its members and all UK writers that they may be barred by the WGA from future membership if they do not comply.

If a writer has signed a contract under UK law with a streamer such as Amazon, Netflix and Disney+, and the writer was already under contract at the time the strike was called, the work is not considered “struck work” by the WGA.

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