It’s been over two months since the Screen Actors Guild of America union went on strike to increase pay and improve working conditions, which brought a halt to filming on many shows and films around the world. Since July, the actors union and Hollywood studios, including Disney, have not been engaged in negotiations to end the strike.
But with the studios and the Writer’s Guild Of America coming to a tentative agreement last month to end the writer’s strike, the Hollywood studios have since turned their attention to sorting the actor’s strike to get everyone back to work.
This past Monday, the studios and Actor’s union met for the first time, and it’s been expected that the two sides would continue to have meetings throughout the week, which has been confirmed, following a joint statement stating that the two sides will meet again on Wednesday:
SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP met for a full day bargaining session and have concluded. Negotiations will resume Wednesday, Oct. 4.
Attending the meeting were some of the top CEOs in Hollywood, including Warner Brothers Discovery’s David Zaslav, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and Disney’s Bob Iger.
There is an expectation that the actor’s strike will be resolved soon, as many of the issues had been resolved in the writer’s strike, and that deal will be used as a template for the actor’s union. However, there are some unique issues that the actor’s union need addressing, such as taped auditions and the use of digital scans.
The talks have been paused on Tuesday so that both sides can review the details of what was presented on Monday.
It’s unknown how long the negotiations are going to last, but hopefully, the two sides can make a deal, and production can resume on films and shows like Marvel’s “Deadpool 3” and the Disney+ series, “Daredevil: Born Again”.
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