The Chi halts production as WGA pickets filming location

credit: Twitter Zayd Dohrn WGA Strike Captain

The Chi halted production as the WGA members picketed their filming location on Friday afternoon due to the labor dispute between the Writers Guild of America West and East and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).

We were told that when the cast and crew moved to the second location there was a picket line of WGA members waiting for them. Union members of IATSE 476 and the Teamsters Local 727 would not cross the picket line.

At this time, most of the Chicago TV series are on hiatus, but the local WGA members have organized to picket those who are still filming.

WGA Strike Captain Warren Light sent out an URGENT tweet with the address of The Chi location asking for a “help out” from actors, writers, and allies, to “walk the walk.”

This was quickly followed up with tweets from picket line at The Chi location.

The Chi just returned this week from a short hiatus to continue filming episodes for their Season 6.

The Chi is a timely coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents on the South Side of Chicago who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption.

The cast includes Jacob Latimore, Alex Hibbert, Yolonda Ross, Shamon Brown Jr., Michael V. Epps, Birgundi Baker, Luke James and Curtiss Cook. Kandi Burruss, La La Anthony, Jason Weaver, Steven Williams, Rolando Boyce, and Iman Shumpert guest star for season five, along with Nia Jervier, Carolyn Michelle Smith, L’lerrét Jazelle, and Antonyah Allen.

The Chi, filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, is created and executive produced by Emmy winner Lena Waithe (Twenties, Boomerang) and executive produced by Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Common (Selma).


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