After four weeks of talks with the Alliance of Film and Television Producers (AMPTP), members of SAG-AFTRA – a representative of more than 90,12 TV and film actors, voice artists and other entertainment professionals People – The midnight strike officially continues, marking the first time since 160 that Hollywood actors and writers (now on strike for two months) have stopped working at the same time. Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, SAG-AFTRA lead negotiator, said: “Studios and streaming companies have implemented massive unilateral changes to our industry’s business model while insisting that we contracts frozen in amber.” “Their refusal to engage meaningfully with our key proposals and to show fundamental disrespect for our members is what has brought us to this point.”
So, what does it all mean? Read on for the summary.
What does SAG-AFTRA really want?
In May, Crabtree-Ireland and SAG-AFTRA Chairman Fran Drescher wrote to the union outlining the deal with AMPTP (including Amazon, Apple, Disney, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount , Sony, and Warner Bros. Discovery) to negotiate terms for a new contract, noting that “a strike could occur if AMPTP does not agree to necessary contract improvements.” “
“The business model of our industry has shifted significantly,” wrote Crabtree-Ireland and Drescher. “We have fully entered the digital and streaming entertainment industry.” , which requires a contract that is relevant to the new business model and must be modern to meet the financial needs of our members today. They note that the contract should “increase contributions to our benefit plans and protect members from revenue erosion from inflation and residual reduction, unregulated use of generative artificial intelligence, and the requirement to self-record auditions.” The advent of streaming has also changed the structure of television, bringing shorter seasons and longer interseason breaks, which in turn has made it “increasingly difficult for our members to achieve and maintain middle-class performances as performers.” class lifestyle,” the union said. (As noted in a report in 2019, the unemployment rate for professional actors “[hovered] at 30%” at any given time.)
June 5th, almost52, Member of SAG-AFTRA( Slightly less than half of all eligible voters) voted 91.65% in favor of approving a strike if negotiations fail. Although its previous three-year contract expires at midnight June 30, but has been extended to July 12 for further talks with the studio. July 12, the strike was officially confirmed at a press conference after negotiations broke down and the National Committee. SAG -AFTRA (including Joely Fisher, Matthew Modine, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Sharon Stone, among others) voted extra.
So what does this all mean for newcomers and newcomers? Now Any film and TV credits?
SAG-AFTRA members won’t appear in scripted films or TV series until new contract negotiations are complete, which will actually cause Hollywood to Closed. Theater work will not be affected, however; while many stage actors are also members of SAG-AFTRA, another union, the Actors’ Equity Association, represents them in stage productions. Represented by SAG-AFTRA But news anchors, soap opera performers, talk show hosts and game show hosts who have different contracts won’t be affected; they don’t expire until next year.
Awards What about ceremonies, premieres and film festivals?
in a statement to due date, SAG-AFTRA confirmed that “no publicity of strike work will be made during the strike. Promotional activities related to contracted works (works that have an agreement with SAG) fall under the scope of the Basic Agreement and are therefore also subject to strike during the strike. ’ So if the strike goes on for that long, it means there are hardly any American stars at festivals like Venice or Toronto, New York or the Emmys. (at 160, a similar actor strike lasted from July 12 to October 21, and 23 that year Of the 30 Primetime Emmy nominees — except for Powers Boothe, who Nominated for starring role that year in Guyana Tragedy: The Jim Jones Story – Boycott Ceremony. In 90, however, the other only lasted 12 a few hours.)
What about the news media?
Since actors are not allowed to promote their film and TV work, their media is expected to Will be limited to non-performance projects only: charities, music ventures, fashion and beauty partnerships, and more.
So… now what happens?
We wait. The studios have said they are willing to let the WGA situation die down; Lose their apartment and house. October has been proposed as a date for resuming these talks. However, it remains to be seen what things will look like for SAG-AFTRA members.