SAG-AFTRA and studios to continue talks Wednesday

Photo of author


conversation on a new issue SAG-AFTRA The contract will remain in place Wednesday as the studio aims to salvage the 2024 summer box office.

The union resumed bargaining Tuesday for the first time in nearly two weeks. The studios made a new proposal on the most controversial issue – streaming residuals – which they hoped would break the impasse that had led to the 103-day strike.

In a memo to members Tuesday evening, SAG-AFTRA offered a brief update on the negotiations.

“Today, the CEO came back to the table. We plan to continue talks with them tomorrow,” the union said. “We will continue to provide you with updates directly. Remember – don’t believe anything you read in the press unless it comes straight from us. Continue protesting and raise your voice across the country.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers also submitted a response to the union last week on the regulation of artificial intelligence. The two sides have been at loggerheads over issues such as minimum compensation for the use of digital replicas, the scope of consent required to permit digital replicas, and AI training.

In another week, the joint strikes of writers and actors will last for six months. The studios have made clear they are desperate to strike a deal in 10 days starting next week if they have any hope of saving the summer movie season and a portion of the 2023-24 TV season.

If the strike lasts until November, the fear is that more film releases will be delayed and network TVs will also be less likely to produce half a season.

SAG-AFTRA leadership was ecstatic Saturday, when Disney CEO Bob Iger called the union’s top negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland to invite the guild back to the table.

But the union has had to face a lot of pressure in the last week to end the strike. Several A-listers, led by George Clooney, presented an alternative set of proposals to the union leadership, intended to help resolve the strike. But the union rejected those ideas, saying they wouldn’t work.

“Star Trek” and “Margin Call” star Zachary Quinto recorded a instagram video On Monday members were urged to support the leadership, because “solidarity is the only way we can achieve what we are asking for in this conversation.”

“I know everyone is tired. I know we’ve been working on this for over 100 days,” Quinto said. “But we have to stick together as a union. Our job as a union membership is to support our leadership and get behind them. If we start questioning their tactics, their intentions – if we start trying to take matters into our own hands, we are weakening our position and we are playing directly into their desires. Are. AMPTP, This is exactly what they want – for us to start questioning each other and questioning our leadership.”

Several members of the negotiating committee thanked Quintero for his support.

Leave a comment