Ryan Murphy & Greg Berlanti launch $500k funds to support crews through Hollywood strikes

Ryan Murphy

US showrunners Ryan Murphy and Greg Berlanti are both launching separate $500k relief funds to support casts and crews in their companies impacted by the ongoing Hollywood strikes.

American Horror Story and Glee creator Murphy is setting up the Ryan Murphy Productions Assistance Fund for “the exceptional casts and committed crews” of the company’s productions that have had to halt work due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

“Every story we’ve woven, each character brought to life, and every set constructed carry with them an inimitable thread of collaboration. As my colleagues face the challenges brought forth by the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, the imperative to support each other is even more pronounced,” wrote Murphy on Instagram, announcing the fund.

“Together, we will navigate through this chapter, and before long, we’ll once again create, inspire, and innovate within the industry we love,” added the producer.

Greg Berlanti

Meanwhile, Greg Berlanti has also set up a $500k relief fund for “support staff and below-the-line workers” that have worked on a Berlanti Productions show over the past few years.

Berlanti Productions is behind series including All American: Homecoming, Superman & Lois and The Flight Attendant, as well as overseeing the recently concluded Riverdale and the now-shuttered ‘Arrowverse’ of superhero series including Arrow, The Flash and Legends Of Tomorrow.

“We will be doing our best to spread these funds amongst as many people as possible, so they will be in denominations of 500 to 1500 dollars,” wrote Berlanti in an email to impacted personnel.

Berlanti, whose overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group was suspended last week due to the strikes, added: “I am a proud member of the WGA and I support a fair deal that continues to provide sustainable lifelong careers for all of the incredible talent just entering this business. I also know how vulnerable so many are right now, and I want to make sure we are doing all we can to help others while both these strikes continue.”

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