The Tribeca Festival has postponed its three-day De Niro Con event due to the joint actors and writers strike.
On Wednesday (August 16), the festival announced in a statement that it would postpone the multi-day event honoring Robert De Niro and his work “given the ongoing strikes at WGA and SAG-AFTRA.” DeNiro is a co-founder of the Tribeca Festival.
The fan event was originally scheduled to take place in the Tribeca borough of New York from September 29 to October 1, just over a month after the actor’s 80th birthday on Thursday (Aug. 17), and has been pushed back to April 2024.
“Meet fans and special guests at screenings, talks, immersive experiences, exhibits and more as they come together to toast Robert De Niro’s iconic characters and memories,” the website reads.
De Niro Con is the latest event to be hit by the ongoing actors’ and writers’ strike that has virtually paralyzed Hollywood.
Last month, in a historic move not seen in over 60 years, the Screen Actors Guild – American of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) joined its sister union, the Writers Guild of America (WGA), in the fight for to a fairer deal.
The two organizations are holding back workers pending contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMTPM), which represents the production companies.
The 2023 Emmys, scheduled for September next month, have been pushed back to January 2024. Several successful TV shows are now in production, including Abbott Elementary School And Yellow jacketswas also closed.
“Truly independent” productions, however, have recently been given tentative agreements to continue filming.
Anne Hathaway, Dakota Fanning, Jason Bateman and Matthew McConaughey are among the actors who have been allowed to continue working on their projects. The full list of all TV shows and films that are still allowed to be produced can be found here.
The decision proved controversial as many people felt the exceptions would endanger the rest of the striking workers.
In an update released Monday (Aug. 14), SAG-AFTRA announced that it would no longer grant interim agreements for independent projects written under a WGA contract.
“The WGA has informed us that this change will assist them in executing their attack strategy and we believe it will not detract from the usefulness and effectiveness of our attack strategy,” the guild announced. “It’s a win-win situation.”