Throughout an interview final 12 months with Esquire, Dan Erickson was requested what “Severance” can inform audiences about employee solidarity. “I completely love that folks have grabbed onto that factor of the story and are seeing that struggle mirrored on the present,” Erickson stated. “I am on no account a labor professional, however I feel it is plain that we’re at a tipping level. How a lot can corporations ask of individuals? What can staff do to seek out company?”
The WGA has been extraordinarily clear about what they’re asking of the AMPTP, and a majority of their proposals come all the way down to eliminating current loopholes that enable the exploitation of writers. That is precisely the kind of factor Erickson was fascinated with when creating his hit collection. “I like that we’re dwelling in a time of rethinking the construction of labor. Throughout the movie and tv trade, I’ve seen firsthand why unions are so mandatory as a result of there have been occasions the place I felt extraordinarily uncomfortable with what we have been asking folks to do — the sheer quantity of hours that folks have been put by,” he stated.
Erickson’s pilot script for “Severance” first gained notoriety on The Blood Listing again in 2016, and he advised Esquire that he was “studying as I went about this factor that is been effervescent for fairly a while,” whereas engaged on the set of the collection. “As hours get longer, as sure trade norms fade, what should staff do to reassert their energy and dignity? I feel that is one thing that numerous industries are reckoning with proper now.”
I feel it is protected to say the reckoning is at present in progress.