Last October 2 negotiations resumed between Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) and the Alliance of Film and Television Producers (AMPTP) which represents the main Hollywood studios and streaming services, after these and the Writers Guild (WGA) they reached a tentative agreement which ended the writers’ strike after 148 days of active work.
After nine days of negotiations, talks between SAG-AFTRA and the Hollywood studios collapsed on Wednesday, October 11, and entertainment companies said negotiations on a new contract had been suspended. The AMPTP said the talks had been canceled because the parties remained too divided.
“After meaningful conversations, it is clear that the gap between AMPTP and SAG-AFTRA is too great, and the conversations are no longer taking us in a productive direction,” AMPTP said in a statement sent to media late Wednesday.
Early Thursday morning, The Actors Guild, which represents 160,000 artists, responded and accused the AMPTP of using “intimidation tactics.” The AMPTP rejected the union’s proposals and refused to counter themThe union’s bargaining committee said in a note to members sent early Thursday, October 12 (via Twitter):
“[Los estudios] They intentionally misrepresented the cost of the previous proposal to the press, exaggerating it by 60 percent. They have done the same with AI, claiming to protect artist consent, but continue to require “consent” on the first day of employment for use of an artist’s digital replica for an entire cinematic universe (or any franchise project).”
“Companies are using the same failed strategy they tried to impose on the WGA: publishing misleading information in an attempt to trick our members into abandoning our solidarity and putting pressure on our negotiators. But, like writers, our members are smarter than that and won’t be fooled.”
The end of talks came amid rising tensions over a lack of compromise, more than a week after the sides resumed talks in hopes of ending a three-month actors’ strike that has crippled the economy. production and the Hollywood publicity machine.
Some sources close to the matter said that talks had hit a roadblock on key issuesincluding the guild’s demand that cast members receive a portion of revenue generated from streaming.
During the renewed negotiations on October 2, which took place at SAG-AFTRA headquarters in Los Angeles and were attended by studio heads such as Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, Disney’s Bob Iger, NBCUniversal’s Donna Langley and Warner’s David Zaslav Bros. Discovery, the Syndicate’s streaming revenue proposal remained a major sticking point.
He Actors Union went on strike on July 14, 2023thus marking the first time in more than 60 years that both SAG and the WGA (actors and screenwriters) went on strike at the same time.