Hollywood Strike: SAG-AFTRA Reviews ‘Last Offer’ amid Production Standstill
The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) is currently reviewing the latest offer from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) as the Hollywood strike continues to cause a standstill in production. The negotiating committee of SAG-AFTRA released a statement on Saturday, informing its members that they are carefully considering their response to the AMPTP’s last, best and final offer.
The strike, which began in mid-July, has brought production to a halt and left thousands of actors and crew members without work. Over the past two weeks, the guild and the alliance have been engaged in intense negotiations to resolve the ongoing dispute.
Top executives of major Hollywood studios held a Zoom call on Saturday to discuss the details of the offer, which was delivered to the guild’s negotiating committee a day earlier. According to unnamed studio sources, the AMPTP’s latest offer includes improved pay terms for SAG-AFTRA, including a higher bonus for successful streaming shows.
One of the key concerns being addressed in the negotiations is the regulation of artificial intelligence usage, which has become a major issue for actors. However, the companies did not set a deadline for SAG-AFTRA to respond to the offer. Nevertheless, executives emphasized the importance of receiving a prompt response from the union as they need to make crucial decisions regarding the resumption of production.
As of Sunday evening, studio executives had not received any update from SAG-AFTRA, leaving them uncertain about the union’s timeline for a decision. Nevertheless, they remain hopeful that a response will be received by late Sunday or Monday.
While negotiations are ongoing, several high-profile members of SAG-AFTRA took to social media to mock the AMPTP’s description of their offer as the last, best and final. These posts added a lighthearted twist to the tense negotiations.
Los Angeles City Council President Paul Krekorian also released a statement, urging both parties to approach their upcoming meetings with urgency. He emphasized the significant impact of the motion picture and television industry on the region, highlighting the need to reach a settlement promptly to avoid further economic implications for businesses and families.
In conclusion, as SAG-AFTRA reviews the latest offer from the AMPTP, the fate of Hollywood production remains uncertain. The resolution of the strike is crucial for the livelihoods of thousands of individuals who rely on the industry, and all parties involved are encouraged to work towards a settlement without any further delay.