Yesterday, October 21st, the time had come 100th day of the SAG-AFTRA strike. On this occasion, the actors’ union reiterated that it will remain steadfast and wants to continue negotiations with the AMPTP after their last discussion two weeks ago fall apart. The winter season isn’t that far away, and Hollywood has come to a pretty devastating standstill as the studios and the AMPTP continue to not play along.
Hours after SAG-AFTRA’s statement on Saturday, the union announced that it and the AMPTP would meet again at that time Tuesday, October 24th. The offer was made in particular by executives, which SAG-AFTRA attributed to “the strength and solidarity of our members.” [which] has sent an unmistakable message to CEOs. As we have emphasized many times, we are always ready, willing and able to meet and work together at the table to reach a deal that is worth your sacrifice.”
Regardless of how the studios initially tried Downplay the strikes, they have begun to speak more openly about their influence on the industry. Last week, Netflix acknowledged that the twin attacks “were challenging”; Last night, CEO Ted Sarandos noted that the strikes (or rather the studios) “have cost families billions of dollars and communities billions of dollars.” […] We need to reach a deal as quickly as possible that respects all sides.” Last weekend New York Comic Con I couldn’t help but feel like I was at a party that was too awkward to clear because the actors couldn’t promote their stuff the way they’re used to at these conventions. While they recognize that these strikes are necessary and the value of unions, various Actor and writers, and even Directors have all expressed their frustration with how things have turned out over the last few months.
Everyone clearly wants the strikes to be over. Now all the studios need to do is listen to SAG-AFTRA and take their offer seriously so they can start to really play things through. As always, SAG-AFTRA reminded its members (and those keeping abreast of the situation) to “don’t believe anything you hear until it comes from us.” We are focused, we will not waver. One day longer. One day stronger. As long as it takes.”
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