The Chosen: First Series Granted SAG Waiver During Strike: The upcoming series, The Chosen has been granted a Waiver from SAG-AFTRA to continue filming during the strike.
The Chosen fans’ prayers have been answered as the news is heard that season four of the Jesus of Nazareth series has been approved by SAG to continue filming during the strike.
On 16, July, Sunday the official Twitter account of the series announced that they have been approved for a waiver by SAG, “Great news! We just received word from SAG that we have been approved for a waiver. We’ll continue shooting on Monday,”.
The confirmation received from sources close to the project that the series has resumed today with the entire cast and is set to wrap up in two weeks.
They added on Monday, “To be clear: 1. We’ve agreed to all of SAG’s requests and their interim agreement. 2. Season 4 is entirely independent and 100% funded by donations,”.
To be clear: 1. We’ve agreed to all of SAG’s requests and their interim agreement. 2. Season 4 is entirely independent and 100% funded by donations.— The Chosen (@thechosentv) July 17, 2023
This is the first production series to be exempt because it is made independently without any major studios. Deadline reports.
Dallas Jenkins, the creator of The Chosen, took to Instagram on Saturday to present his case for exemption.
He said, “We’ve submitted all the requested paperwork immediately. We fit all qualifications for an exemption. Every day that goes by without your response costs us hundreds of thousands of dollars while your actors are stuck in Utah. We’re the good guys. We’ve treated your actors well.”
“Please take a few minutes to approve our application so your actors can get back to work getting paid for the last two weeks of a season they want to finish.” The creator continued.
The series is focused on the story of Jesus through the eyes of those who knew him, charting his teachings and ‘miracles’ as he embarks on his ministry to change the world.