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20th Century Fox TV to actors: It’s hiatus time

20thlogo  20th Century Fox TV today sent its first round of letters to thesps, informing them that they’ve been put on hiatus for the duration of the Writers Guild strike.

The letters don’t invoke the terms “force majeure” or “termination,” but instead remind the actors that they remain under contract — and will be called back to active duty if and when production resumes on their shows.

Letter_2 Letters went to actors on dark shows, including “Back to You,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Unit,” “K-Ville” and “My Name is Earl.” Thesps are asked to remain available in the event that production resumes quickly.

Actors whose shows haven’t produced the agreed-upon minimum (usually 6 or 7 segs for new shows, and 13 for returning skeins) will continue to be paid until that contractural obligation is reached; that money is an advance for when those episodes ultimately are shot.

— Michael Schneider

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