SAG-AFTRA Calls History-Making Strike as Talks With Studios Collapse

By Brad Pareso 

At a moment when Hollywood’s writers remain on strike, members of performers union SAG-AFTRA will soon be mounting their own picket lines, constituting the first “double strike” involving both actors and scribes since 1960. (THR)

The union’s national board made the decision after negotiations broke down with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). After a last ditch effort, monitored by a federal mediator, the two sides failed to come to an agreement. (NPR)

The guild’s members, rattled by the economics of the streaming era and the rise of unregulated digital technologies, seek higher base compensation and safeguards around the use of artificial intelligence, among other demands. Hollywood’s writers are already striking over similar issues. (NBC News)

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According to the guidelines, SAG-AFTRA members will not be able to attend premieres, do interviews for completed work, go to awards shows, attend film festivals or even promote projects on social media while the strike is in effect. They are also not allowed to attend conventions such as Comic-Con or 90s Con to promote any past or present work made under a SAG-AFTRA contract. (Variety)

In a statement about the strike, the AMPTP said that its proposal included “a groundbreaking AI proposal that protects actors’ digital likenesses for SAG-AFTRA members.” (The Verge)

The SAG-AFTRA strike will affect tens of thousands in the industry, but one part of the union’s membership will not be part of the walkout: news and broadcast members. (Deadline)

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