Seth Rogen, who currently leads the Apple TV+ sitcom series ‘Platonic’, denounced the injustices surrounding the secrecy behind streaming platforms when it comes to viewer ratings during a red carpet interview with IndieWire at the premiere of the show last night.
“I am personally very upset and distressed by the lack of information I personally get from these streaming services that we have movies and television shows on,” Rogen said. “I’m just assuming they’re secretive because they don’t want us to know how much money they’re making on us and how little of that money they’re giving us.”
Rogen shared his support for the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike, which began on May 2 and has incited talk about ChatGPT and other AI models that have taken over TV series writing.
“I think the prospect of AI writing stuff is horrific,” Rogen added, “and the fact that they seem to dig into (this) is more horrific… You’d have to stick a lot of weed in that thing (for it to write a good TV).
Rogen continued, “In general, the fact that these studios are able to band together to reduce the wages of their workers is horrific. Thank God for the unions. I think I’ve been in four unions for about 20 years. I’m always in favor of any strike you can go on. Firms will never act fairly or fairly without being forced to do so.
With film and television productions currently halted due to the strike, the actors have banded together to support applications for writers and showrunners to the Film and Television Producers Alliance.
Judd Apatow, Rogen’s collaborator on Knocked Up and Superbad recently speculated that the studios most likely preempted the strike and have an end date in mind.
“I think they probably already know what they’re leaning into,” Apatow said. “I assume they already know what date it will end. They’ve probably been planning this for years… That’s what’s scary, is that there is a solution, but I’m not sure if all the commercial interests are interested in getting there quickly.