Hollywood actors strike hits 100 days; studios and SAG-AFTRA to resume negotiations Tuesday

Sunday, October 22, 2023
Hollywood studios, striking actors to resume negotiations Tuesday
Negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and Hollywood studios will resume in another effort to end the crippling strike that began July 14, the actors union said.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and Hollywood studios will resume Tuesday in another effort to end the crippling strike that began July 14, the actors union said 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," the union posted on X.

"... 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 added.

The sides are battling over complex and contentious issues including compensation for streamed content and the use of artificial intelligence.

SAG-AFTRA members returned to the picket lines last week amid calls from union president Fran Drescher and other entertainment industry union leaders for negotiations to resume "immediately."

Drescher slammed the major studios for suspending contract talks with striking actors and called for a resumption of negotiations. That call was echoed later by leaders of various Hollywood unions who issued a joint statement demanding an immediate return to the bargaining table.

The joint statement came from the Writers Guild of America's West and East branches, the Directors Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the American Federation of Musicians, the Teamsters and Hollywood Basic Crafts.

It came two days after negotiations broke down in the ongoing labor standoff, with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers suspending the talks and issuing a statement saying, "After meaningful conversations, it is clear that the gap between the AMPTP and SAG-AFTRA is too great, and conversations are no longer moving us in a productive direction."

The two sides have met five times since Oct. 2, their first talks since the SAG-AFTRA strike began July 14.

SAG-AFTRA demands include general wage increases, protections against the use of actor images through artificial intelligence, boosts in compensation for successful streaming programs and improvements in health and retirement benefits.

The Writers Guild of America ended its strike against the studios on Sept. 27. Members of the WGA later ratified the agreement to end their strike, which began on May 2.