Earlier this week, the Hollywood Studios (AMPTP) walked out of negotiations with the Screen Actor’s Guild Of America, extending the actor’s strike further, following the actors’ guild union demanding that they get a 2% cut of every streaming service subscription to spread out to its members.
The studios had offered a similar bonus system on streaming that was accepted by the writer’s union, in addition to other demands. The actor’s union have said that its demand works out at around 57 cents per subscriber globally per year, which it estimates would cost the streamers $500 million a year, but the studios say will cost them over $800 million a year.
With the entertainment industry suffering following months of strikes, a joint statement demanding that talks resume between the two parties and offer their support with the Screen Actors Guild Of America has been released by the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW), Writers Guild of America East (WGAE), Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), American Federation of Musicians (AFM), Teamsters, and Hollywood Basic Crafts — encompassing Teamsters Local 399, IBEW Local 40, LiUNA! Local 724, OPCMIA Local 755, and UA Local 78.
“Our members work side-by-side for the same handful of employers, and our unions and guilds collectively stand more united than ever.
Each day a fair contract addressing actors’ unique priorities is delayed is another day working professionals across our industry suffer unnecessarily. At this point, it should be clear to the studios and the AMPTP that more is needed than proposals which merely replicate the terms negotiated with other unions.
We collectively demand the AMPTP resumes negotiations in good faith immediately, make meaningful moves at the negotiating table with SAG-AFTRA to address performers’ specific needs, and make the fair deal they deserve.”
The other unions are trying to pressure both parties to come back to the table to negotiate to try to end the stalemate. Hopefully, this additional pressure will bring both sides back together, as nothing is going to be resolved with no meetings and both sides taking snipes at one another through different interviews.
Already this year, the studios have made deals with the Directors Guild and Writer’s Guild, but without the actors, most films and shows cannot resume films in countries worldwide.
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