Saturday, June 3

Star Trek Actors Join Writers On Trek-Themed Picket Lines In LA And NYC –

The WGA strike that began on May 2nd shows no sign of being resolved, and other unions are showing their solidarity. On Friday, this was evident for Star Trek-themed picket lines in both Hollywood and New York City.

Trek day for WGA strike

The WGA West and the WGA East both called for Star Trek writers to picket on Friday at the Paramount in Hollywood and at the Manhattan headquarters of Netflix. Star Trek writers showed up at both locations, joined by actors and others who have worked on the franchise.

Strange New Worlds writer/co-executive producer (and WGA strike captain) Bill Wolkoff shared a group photo from Hollywood. Writers and actors from Star Trek: The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, Discovery, Picard, Strange New Worlds, Lower Decks, and Prodigy can all be seen showing their support.

In New York, Lower Decks voice actress (and Starfleet Academy writer) Tawny Newsome shared photos that included actors Anthony Rapp (Discovery) and Celia Rose Gooding & Jess Bush (Strange New Worlds).

The local news in LA covered the Hollywood event and did a brief interview with Bill Wolkoff about the issues holding up negotiations with the studios.

Actors may strike next

The actors’ guilds contract ends on June 30 and actors are currently voting to authorize the union to strike if negotiations break down. Anthony Rapp (who is on the SAG-AFTRA board) has been encouraging his fellow actors to support the authorization. SAG-AFTRA posted a video of Voyager and Picard actress Jeri Ryan talking about why she is supporting the writers and how this also impacts the writers. The SAG-AFTRA

The strike has already delayed the start of production on season 3 of Strange New Worlds and if it continues (and especially if the writers are joined by SAG-AFTRA and/or the DGA), it could delay Starfleet Academy and the Section 31 TV-movie. Even the animated shows could be impacted if the actors go on strike.

More from the Star Trek picket lines

Prodigy writer/co-EP Aaron Waltke had some sign synergy with DS9 writer Robert Hewitt Wolfe.

TNG actress Denise Crosby met up with Picard showrunner Terry Matalas.

Enterprise actor Anthony Montgomery shared a shot with his co-star John Billingsley, Discovery‘s Mary Chieffo, and designer Mike Okuda.

Prodigy showrunners Dan and Kevin Hageman shared a shot with Lower Decks showrunner Mike McMahan and Strange New Worlds co-showrunner Henry Alonso Myers.

They also ran into Jankom Pog voice actor Jason Mantzoukas.

Prodigy writer Jennifer Muro shared a shot of Kevin Hageman and Jason along with some cool Trek-themed signs.

Writer (and Trekspert) Mark Altman shared shots from the picket line including Enterprise writer Mike Sussman, Voyager/Enterprise showrunner Brannon Braga, Picard showrunner Terry Matalas, and DS9 actress Chase Masterson.

Discovery actor Elias Toufexis shared a brief video from inside the picket line.

Even Tuvix had a role to play in the strike (via writer Brian Michael Scully).

Bill Wolkoff’s sign sums up the day…