Following the Writers Guild of America (WGA), the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (Sag-Aftra) has unanimously recommended a strike after failing to reach agreements over basic pay, residual payments, and the restriction of artificial intelligence’s use in creative work with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).
However, the final decision will be taken by the national board on Thursday morning. Fran Drescher, the president of SAG-AFTRA, said the studio’s response to the bargaining was “insulting and disrespectful.”
Further, she stated, “The companies have refused to meaningfully engage on some topics, and on others, they have completely stonewalled us. Until they do negotiate in good faith, we cannot begin to reach a deal.”
SAG-AFTRA is the national union of more than 160,000 television and movie actors. If they announce a strike today after the national meeting, it will be historic.
Both WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike last time in 1960 over residuals from films sold to TV networks. Responding to the recently called strike, AMPTP said, “We are deeply disappointed that SAG-AFTRA has decided to walk away from negotiations. This is the union’s choice, not ours.”
Hollywood is already bracing for the impact of the ongoing WGA strike since May on more or less similar ground. As per the expert, the strike will aggravate the ripple effect already created by the WGA strike on the American entertainment industry if the actor’s issues are not resolved immediately.
As of now, several upcoming and scheduled movies, TV shows, and premieres have already been postponed or canceled due to protests, which will disrupt the economies associated with the industry.