Studio prepared new offer for actors

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Return of four CEOs is certain SAG-AFTRA The headquarters came up with a new offer on Tuesday, which they hope will break the deadlock in the 102-day actors’ strike.

They will include Disney’s Bob Iger, who called SAG-AFTRA’s top negotiator, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, on Saturday to invite actors back to the bargaining table.

The CEOs — who also include Warner Bros. Discovery’s David Zaslav, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and NBCUniversal’s Donna Langley — are eager to get a deal done as soon as possible, in hopes of saving next summer’s box office and part of 2023. 24 TV seasons.

On Monday, Paramount announced That he is postponing the next “Mission: Impossible” installment from June 2024 to May 2025. If the strike is not resolved soon, there may be further delay.

Iger’s call energized SAG-AFTRA leadership, who saw it as confirmation that the union had the ability to win a transformative deal.

“We had to pat ourselves on the back,” said one person from the union.

In an interview, Crabtree-Ireland said she was also optimistic.

“There is no way to progress without dialogue,” he said. “It’s important to have them in the room. “If it is accompanied by significant steps forward on key parts, it is even better.”

The union is demanding an 11% increase in artificial intelligence protections and basic minimums. But the main hurdle remains SAG-AFTRA’s demand for a cut of streaming revenues.

Talks broke down on October 11 when the union proposed a 57 cent per subscriber fee across all streaming platforms, which would cost the studios about $500 million a year. The Coalition of Motion Picture and Television Producers said it would present an “unsustainable economic burden”.

fran drescherThe president of SAG-AFTRA has argued that dramatic changes in the entertainment business model require a dramatically improved compensation structure.

the actors get Streaming left $91.7 million in 2019 – more than the amount earned from network reruns, but less than the amount earned from basic cable or pay TV channels like HBO and Showtime. The union received a raise in 2020, and the total figure will grow to about $126 million in 2022, according to the union.

The CEO has already agreed to increase that figure again to include overseas subscribers, and has also offered an audience-based bonus residual pattern in line with the agreement with the Writers Guild of America.

SAG-AFTRA said the latter would pay about $20 million per year. The union said it was too low, and the settlement reached by the WGA would not be enough for the actors.

The CEO is expected to present his new proposal on Tuesday, which is considered to be a significant improvement from the earlier proposal.

Although talks have been suspended for nearly two weeks, both sides are still working on elements of the contract. AMPTP Responded to AI last Thursday.

The association is seeking to establish minimum conditions for the use of AI, including compensation and consent. The union also wants to ban on-the-job AI training of actors. The WGA also sought to ban such training, but did not receive that provision.

From the studio’s side, there is no optimism but there is hope that an agreement can be reached soon. The CEO has become frustrated with Drescher, who has spoken out in the negotiating room about income inequalities and his ambition to change the lives of actors.

Jeff Rutheiser, ABC’s longtime senior vice president of labor relations and author of a memoir called “Labor,” said, “I feel like they’re more concerned about their legacy than about ending the Hollywood disaster that was the whole Kind of under their control.” Pain.” “They can’t figure out how to end this gracefully and how to declare victory that they’ve already won.”

The upbeat mood in the actors’ camp marked a change from last week, when leadership was facing pressure from George Clooney and other high-profile members and a backlash on social media over guidance restricting members’ Halloween costumes. And there was reaction on social media.

No one expects an agreement to be reached on Tuesday, even under the best of circumstances. With dozens of unresolved issues, it could take several days or a week or even longer to reach a comprehensive agreement.

The union is demanding several other items, including an increase in pension and health contribution limits, a one-page limit on self-taped auditions and a dry-cleaning stipend for background actors.

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