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No one expected SAG-AFTRA to strike. Fewer expected them to negotiate.
When SAG announced they would strike back on July 14th, it took the town by surprise. Productions were shocked, caught flat-footed, with no contingency plans. Everyone assumed the WGA would strike, but no one took SAG seriously.
When the WGA struck a deal with studios several weeks ago, entertainment journalists all said, “SAG will settle quickly.”
The Ankler went as far as “two weeks tops.”
SAG resumed talks on October 2nd. Yesterday, the 11th, CEOS walked away from the negotiating table.
I received this email from SAG-AFTRA late last night:
It is with profound disappointment that we report the industry CEOs have walked away from the bargaining table after refusing to counter our latest offer. We have negotiated with them in good faith, despite the fact that last week they presented an offer that was, shockingly, worth less than they proposed before the strike began.
These companies refuse to protect performers from being replaced by AI, they refuse to increase your wages to keep up with inflation, and they refuse to share a tiny portion of the immense revenue YOUR work generates for them. We have made big, meaningful counters on our end, including completely transforming our revenue share proposal, which would cost the companies less than 57¢ per subscriber each year. They have rejected our proposals and refused to counter.
Instead they use bully tactics. Just tonight, they intentionally misrepresented the cost of the above proposal to the press – overstating it by 60%. They have done the same with A.I., claiming to protect performer consent, but continuing to demand “consent” on the first day of employment for use of a performer’s digital replica for an entire cinematic universe (or any franchise project).
The companies are using the same failed strategy they tried to inflict on the WGA – putting out misleading information in an attempt to fool our members into abandoning our solidarity and putting pressure on our negotiators. But, just like the writers, our members are smarter than that and will not be fooled.
We feel the pain these companies have inflicted on our members, our strike captains, IATSE, Teamsters and Basic Crafts union members, and everyone in this industry. We have sacrificed too much to capitulate to their stonewalling and greed. We stand united and ready to negotiate today, tomorrow, and every day.
Our resolve is unwavering. Join us on picket lines and at solidarity events around the country and let your voices be heard. The negotiating committee will be at Netflix tomorrow at 10 a.m.
This morning on the picket lines, I expect Fran Drescher to lambast the studios for this mess.
I’d argue they deserve it.
In other news…Disney has already begun replacing background actors…
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