According to Variety, the latest front in Hollywood’s labor war is over hair, makeup and limos. Insiders told the trade paper that ABC and ABC Studios will not pick up the tab for its talent attending the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 27, set to air on TNT and TBS. In less contentious times, it’s industry tradition that networks and studios split the costs of getting talent ready for the red carpet at awards shows. Those costs include transportation, hotel accommodations and “hair, makeup and styling services that can run into the tens of thousands for a network with a bunch of nominees, as ABC has,” Variey reports.
Execs at the Alphabet point to economic belt-tightening spurred all over town by the work stoppage, but insiders also note that spending money to send talent to the kudofest would seem counterintuitive. SAG, after all, has told its talent to boycott shows like “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and has urged its members not to cross WGA picket lines at other awards shows, such as the now-torpedoed Golden Globe Awards and, possibly, the ABC-telecast Academy Awards members next month.
ABC’s SAG Award nominees include the ensemble casts of “Boston Legal,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Ugly Betty.”