HBO Fires Back After Claims of Toxic Euphoria Set

 Mar 04, 2022 04:29 PM EST
HBO Fires Back After Claims of Toxic Euphoria Set

HBO has come under fire from some that claim the second season's production set was "toxic". 

In a statement, HBO defends itself, saying, "The well-being of cast and crew on our productions is always a top priority. The production was in full compliance with all safety guidelines and guild protocols. It's not uncommon for drama series to have complex shoots, and COVID protocols add an additional layer. We maintain an open line of communication with all the guilds, including SAG-AFTRA. There were never any formal inquiries raised."

Some of the complaints are filming without a shot list, character direction, and extra-long hours.

SAG-AFTRA also commented about the claims, saying, "Advocating for professional performer work categories like background actors and enforcing contractual provisions is one of SAG-AFTRA's core functions. This includes the routine enforcement of contracts at the worksite through our National Field Services Department which is charged with resolving any on-set violations by working with the company's production staff members to immediately correct the issue(s) in connection with performers' employment. All actors should benefit from the protections our members enjoy, and production companies signed to our agreements need to follow our safety protocols, wage and hour rules, and other protections- regardless of an actor's union status." 

"Euphoria", which has been renewed for a third season, is HBO's second most-watched series after "Game of Thrones" second season.




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