With the news two weeks ago that the Writers Guild of America strike had ended, there was palpable hope that SAG-AFTRA would also reach terms.
Unfortunately, the Screen Actors Guild remain on the picket line after their latest round of negotiations with The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers failed to result in a deal.
The continuation of strike action was announced on Thursday October 12th, following ten days of negotiations between the Hollywood higher-ups and the SAG representatives.
Members of the SAG-AFTRA union are seeking larger residuals for their film and television work, particularly when it comes to streaming revenue. The Union also seeks assurance that they will continue to gain work and Hollywood will not resort to replacing actors with AI.
In a statement released October 12th, SAG-AFTRA said the following:
“To our fellow SAG-AFTRA members:
It is with profound disappointment that we report the CEO’s have walked away from the bargaining table after refusing to counter our latest offer. We have negotiated with them in good faith, despite the fact that last week they presented an offer that was, shockingly, worth less than they proposed before the strike began.”
So, with The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers really dragging their feet, the strike looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. A worrying prospect indeed, as Hollywood will soon run out of content to release. We, along with everyone else are hoping for a satisfactory deal, even if that means we must wait a while for some genre projects we’re highly anticipating.