• Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

Hollywood’s Actors Guild Votes to Recognize Strike as Writers’ Strike Continues | English Movie News

Hollywood’s Actors Guild Votes to Recognize Strike as Writers’ Strike Continues |  English Movie News
Hollywood’s actors’ union has authorized a strike if contract talks fail, turning up the heat on an already month-long work stoppage for writers at major film and television studios.
After voting closed Monday, SAG-AFTRA said 97.91% of ballots cast supported strike authorization. About 65,000 members, or about 48% of those eligible, voted in the measure.
“Bravo SAG-AFTRA. We’re ready to make it a success,” union president Fran Drescher said in a statement.

Talks between Hollywood’s largest 160,000-member union and the major studios begin Wednesday.
No new negotiations are scheduled with the Striking Writers Guild of America (WGA), which represents 11,500 film and TV writers. Their walkout disrupted production of late-night shows and shut down high-profile projects, including Netflix’s new season.Stranger things” and Warner Bros. Discovery’s “Game of Thrones” spinoff for HBO.
Over the weekend, the studios averted a second work stoppage by reaching a tentative agreement. Directors Guild of America (DGA). That deal will go into effect if DGA members vote to approve it in the coming weeks.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the actors, said, “We are approaching these negotiations with the goal of achieving a new contract that benefits SAG-AFTRA members and the industry as a whole.” Walt Disney Co, Netflix Inc and other studios.
The actors’ strike could lead to widespread shutdowns across Hollywood and increase pressure on studios that need programming to feed their streaming services and fall TV broadcast schedule.
In the negotiations, actors are seeking higher remuneration and protection against unauthorized use of their images by artificial intelligence. Their current contract expires on June 30.

SAG-AFTRA leaders said the industry has changed dramatically with the rise of streaming television and the emergence of new technology like generative AI.
The upcoming talks “could be one of the most consequential in the history of the union,” said chief negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland.

“Inflation, declining residuals due to streaming, and generative AI all threaten actors’ ability to earn a living unless our contracts adapt to reflect new realities,” he said.

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