The ongoing Writers Guild of America strike has stirred up a major controversy at Disney studios after an interview with CEO Bob Iger. In a appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Iger made comments that have ignited outrage among the striking writers and actors.
He dismissed their expectations as unrealistic and added to the challenges faced by the industry, leading to widespread criticism.
“It is very disturbing for me. We’ve talked about the disruptive forces in this business and all the challenges we’re facing, the COVID recovery that’s ongoing, it’s not fully back. This is the worst time in the world to increase that disruption. There’s a level of expectation that writers have that just isn’t realistic. And they are adding to the set of challenges that this business already faces, which, frankly, is very disruptive,”
stated the head of Disney.
A Writer’s Surprisingly Low Salary at Disney
In response to Iger’s remarks, Cody Ziglar, the writer of the Disney Plus series She-Hulk, took to Twitter to reveal the shockingly low salary he earned for his work on the show.
His tweet highlighted the financial struggles faced by some creatives in the industry, shedding light on the significant disparity between their contributions and compensation.
“The residual check from my episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law was $396,”
Despite penning the highly anticipated eighth episode, Ribbit and Rip It, featuring the return of Charlie Cox’s Daredevil, Ziglar was not adequately compensated for his creative efforts.
This underpayment is unfortunately a common issue in the entertainment industry, where talented individuals often face undervaluation, a problem that must be addressed to support the hard work of creatives like Ziglar.
The Writers Guild of America strikes have been ongoing for several weeks, with writers standing firm in their demands for better pay and improved working conditions.
For the very first time in 63 years, the strikes have brought together writers, actors, directors, and other members of the entertainment sector in a united front.