SAG-AFTRA, Studios To Resume Talks On Tuesday As Strike Hits 100 Days
The actors' strike has been going on for 100 days. On Tuesday, officials for SAG-AFTRA, studios to resume talks and making deals on Tuesday. The group for more than 150,000 actors in the United States, SAG-AFTRA, said in a statement that they would like to meet again.James K.Oct 23, 20232362 Shares57616 Views
The actors' strike has been going on for 100 days. On Tuesday, officials for SAG-AFTRA, studios to resume talksand making deals on Tuesday. The group of more than 150,000 actors in the United States, SAG-AFTRA, said in a statement that they would like to meet again.
The WGA strike ended in late September after almost 150 days. Many people had thought that the strike would end sooner. However, talks between the two sides began again just a few days later.
A woman holding a SAG-AFTRA strike poster
Talks between SAG-AFTRA and Hollywood's big studios were put on hold almost two weeks ago because the management side said the two sides were too far apart. They will start up again on Tuesday. The union's negotiating group told members in a message that the management was the one who reached out to start talking again.
The union said in a post on X, which used to be called Twitter, on Saturday:
As we mark the 100th day of our strike, we are pleased to confirm the company executives have asked us to return to the table. Official Negotiations will resume on Tuesday, October 24th.- SAG-AFTRA
It is clear that the strength and solidarity shown by our members has sent an unmistakable message to the CEOs. As we have repeatedly said, we are ready, willing and able to engage on a moment's notice to meet and to work across the table to achieve a deal that is worthy of your sacrifice. In the coming days, there will likely be a lot of interest and potentially noise surrounding our talks. Do not believe anything you hear until it comes from us.- SAG-AFTRA
A short joint statement from SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producerson Saturday afternoon let everyone know that talks had been restarted. In the release, it was also said that at least some top executives from AMPTP member companies would be there. It comes as SAG-AFTRA's first hundred-day strike in more than 40 years ends.
On Tuesday, October 24, at SAG-AFTRA Plaza, the AMPTP and SAG-AFTRA will talk about a deal. A number of leaders from AMPTP member companies will be there.
The studios left the SAG-AFTRA talks and said they were "suspended" on October 11, the same day they did with the WGA in August. Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, who is the National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator for SAG-AFTRA, told Deadline on Thursday that he was still "optimistic" that the two sides would be able to come to an agreement soon.
I did not expect [negotiations] would have to go so long…The amount of time spent without negotiating has been completely unconscionable. The studios and streamers ought to be back at the table with us now. They should have been there the first 80 days but they weren’t. I am very eager to see that happen and I believe it will happen soon. I think there’s a lot of pressure happening outside of formal channels to get people back to the table, so I’m optimistic that that will happen sometime soon. But I know that we’re just going to stand strong and get a fair deal.- Duncan Crabtree-Ireland
There are now writing rooms again, but the start of the new TV season is still uncertain. When the studios reached a deal with the writers, they were hoping that the show would air in January 2024. They also hoped that the stars would quickly reach a deal. That hasn't happened because SAG-AFTRA has been firm in its bid to get better terms on streaming residuals and income share, as well as better rights for actors when AI uses their work.
The talks between SAG-AFTRA and Hollywood companies will start up again next week, both sides said on Saturday. The Hollywood Reporter says that a core group of leaders from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will be there when they meet on Tuesday.
Since October 11, when producers said the difference between the two sides was "too great" to continue, talks have been frozen. The Screen Actors Guild's desire for a cut in profits is said to have caused some disagreement.