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New Max Credits show Irks Creatives in the midst of labor disputes


According to Max, the recently rebranded platform formerly known as HBO Max, Patty Jenkins and Allan Heinberg were the creators of 2017’s Wonderwoman. For example, Max’s new “details” section refers to Jenkins, who directed the lead role of Gal Gadot, and Heinberg, who wrote the screenplay for the DC Comics movie.

The lack of specific details – and the grouping of writers and directors under just ‘Creators’ – has already irked many creatives amid the ongoing Writers’ Strike and the threat of labor unrest among the actors’ and directors’ unions as all three guilds are in the midst of battle. to sit. separate negotiations with the studios and streamers that form the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

The credits are shown on HBO Max.


The change — HBO Max’s previous credits pages gave more specific details about roles for writers and directors — was spotted late Tuesday, the same day the Warner Bros. the $43 billion merger that created a scripted and unscripted powerhouse.

After being spotted on Twitter late Tuesday, writers, directors and other creatives expressed disdain for the move, which comes as streamers including Netflix and HBO Max already have a “skip intro” feature.

Steven DeKnight (Daredevil) dubbed the “Creators” hosted an “absolute masterclass on how to screw up a streaming service” noting that the move “will be studied for years to come”. Poker face showrunner Nora Zuckerman marked the WGA, DGA, and Producers Guild of America and wondered how Max thought the various guilds would “be even remotely okay” with the change. Scribe Jorge Rivera struggled with being called simply “Creators” and called it “Another step by studios to reduce the role of writers, directors, actors and other artisans.”

The issue applies to both movies and TV series, although details about the latter can’t be found in the “Details” tab the way movie credits are found. Instead, TV credits can be found under the drop-down menu for “Episode Details.” (Click on the pilot for Successionfor example, again groups the following people under just “Creators”: Regina Heyman, Frank Rich, Jesse Armstrong, Will Ferrell, Kevin Messick, Adam McKay, Dara Schnapper, and Ilene S. Landress. (Succession has one creator, Jesse Armstrong.)

The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Max and the WGA for comment and will update this story when and if there is a response.

Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

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