SAG-AFTRA, studios to return to talks Wednesday – The Hollywood Reporter

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SAG-AFTRA Hollywood studios are set to return to the bargaining table on Wednesday after resuming talks on a new three-year union contract on Tuesday.

“Today, the CEO came back to the table. “We are going to continue negotiations with them tomorrow,” the SAG-AFTRA TV/Theatrical Negotiating Committee said in a message to members Tuesday. The group then warned members not to “believe anything you read in the press.” Don’t” unless it comes directly from the union and asked them to “continue demonstrating on the picket lines and making their voices heard across the country.”

hollywood reporter The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has sought comment.

After a nearly two-week pause, union negotiators sat down Tuesday at SAG-AFTRA’s national headquarters with studio leaders Ted Sarandos (Netflix), Bob Iger (Disney), Donna Langley (NBCUniversal) and David Zaslav (Warner Bros. Discovery). The management side was expected to submit a separate package of proposals on Tuesday, after the union presented its latest counterproposal on October 11.

Around noon, studio leaders Sarandos, Iger, Langley and Zaslav were spotted having lunch at L.A. hotspot Republic, less than 10 blocks from Union’s offices.

This latest meeting comes at a tense time. A source close to these companies said studios have become increasingly concerned about the impact of a potentially extended strike on the 2024 film and broadcast calendar. heart, Meanwhile, the union is under pressure from members, some of whom are household names. Before the two sides returned to the table, a group including Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon met with SAG-AFTRA chief negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland and President Fran Drescher. during multiple zoom meetings Attempt to break the impasse between the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Several A-listers also tapped their studio contacts last week in an effort to move the conversation forward.

When talks last concluded on Oct. 11, the main sticking point was the union’s streaming viewership proposal, which seeks to charge streaming services 57 cents per subscriber to create a pool of money that can be distributed to those members. Whose work is visible on these services. AMPTP said the proposal would create an “unsustainable economic burden”, while SAG-AFTRA said such a provision was necessary to relieve pressure on members’ salaries for streaming projects. The two sides also remained far apart on AI guardrails for entertainment and minimum rate hikes for the next three years. It remains to be seen how much progress the parties have been able to make so far on all these issues.

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