Skip to comments.Now Hollywood's largest actors' union SAG-AFTRA votes to strike if talks over higher pay break down before the end of June - as writers continue their walkout
Posted on 06/06/2023 2:36:13 AM PDT by Libloather
Hollywood's actors union voted in favor of a strike if talks over higher pay break down before the end of June, increasing pressure on major film and television studios already dealing with an ongoing work stoppage by writers.
After voting closed on Monday, SAG-AFTRA said 97.91 percent of ballots cast supported a strike. Nearly 65,000 members, about 48 percent of the total membership, voted.
Membership of the union is compulsory for all professional actors that work on major US productions, since almost all studios and producers are engaged in union contracts that only allow them to hire union members.
Though members include people from all walks of life, famous actors and actresses to have spoken about how they were first issued SAG cards include Jennifer Lawrence, Neil Patrick Harris and Anne Hathaway.
The decision to strike worsens the climate in Hollywood, where studios face issues with writers and directors too. On Sunday studios likely averted a second work stoppage by reaching a tentative deal with the Directors Guild of America (DGA).
Members of the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists include actors, broadcast journalists, announcers, hosts and stunt performers.
'Bravo SAG-AFTRA. We are in it to win it,' Fran Drescher, the union's president, said in a statement after the vote. She had previously been spotted at writer's guild picket lines in solidarity.
Talks between the 160,000-member actors union, Hollywood's largest, and the major studios are scheduled to start on Wednesday and would need to be wrapped up and settled before their current deal expires on June 30.
Key issues for actors include their base pay, which they say has been hit by inflation and streaming, the threat of AI, benefits, and the requirement on them to self-tape auditions - the cost of which...
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No more fag stories? Bummer.
So the Film Actors Guild is going to strike, eh?
I noticed recently that Tubi has the Donna Reed Show available for watching. Probably something like that even has more entertainment value than the dreck that these people would be churning out if they were not on strike.
They killed the goose that laid the golden eggs, and now it’s been so long since anyone remembers seeing an actual golden egg that we’ve all moved on to other things. Good luck ever getting us back.
Too bad, so sad.
Real filmmakers have been replaced by Diversity Officers with cameras. Imagine putting your typical corporate HR department in charge of producing “entertainment.” That’s where Hollywood is today. No one wants to spend their leisure dollars to be force-fed more “diversity training.”
I think California already has laws on the books, granting actors intellectual property ownership of their likenesses.
Long after, say, Brad Pitt, is dead, his heirs can license his likeness to star in more films.
AI won't kill all actors' careers. They'll continue earning paychecks without even working.
Now, this won't help most actors. Nobody wants their AI images. But they're already unemployed, so they'd be no worse off.
There is a great deal of quality TV programming available. Youtube is where you can find much of it. The Untouchables and Car 54 are as good as it ever got. All episodes are available. They’re also a tremendous cache of excellent movies there.
No, they don't. So long as Netflix, Apple+, Amazon Prime, etc., produce woke crap, they'll need to hire stars.
The question is not, do audiences want to see woke crap. The question is, will the oligarchs keep paying to produce it. And the answer is yes, they will.
I would agree. None of the big guys see much reason to offer improved numbers.
So when what happens with the fall TV season? Do they run repeats from 1970s?
I have the CTV app up here (not sure if it’s available in the U.S.) that has Police Woman and Charlie’s Angels and other great titles from the 1970s that I’ve favourited so I can watch whenever soon. Also noticed some time ago, Tubi has The Naked City, another great oldie to watch famous actors in very early guest roles.
Thank goodness. Let the writers and actors stay on strike forever.
So nice to see trouble in our enemy’s tent.
Ooooo Oooo Lucile!
Stay on strike . America wins.
No one needs the writers or the actors in Holly weird.
I wonder if this Union thing extends to TV shows? like CNN and other news? Or, day time shows like “the View”?
I read books, I build scale models, I work in my yard so this crap has no effect on my life whatsoever.
This is good news. Let all of Hollywood go on strike and stay on strike.
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