In the USA, the Screen Actors Association and the American Television and Radio Artists announced that they are preparing to strike, demanding job security and salary security. It is stated that with the strike initiated by the screenwriters for the same reason, it may cause the industry-wide “closure” of Hollywood for the first time since 1960.
In the joint message published on the website of the Screen Actors Association (SAG) and the American Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), the talks with the Film and Television Producers Association (AMPTP) on the salary of the artists and job security against artificial intelligence were inconclusive. It was announced that steps were taken to make a decision to strike.
It was reported that negotiations were made with AMPTP in “good faith”, but the response of the other party to the proposals was “insufficient” and a “fair agreement” could not be reached.
Screenings may be delayed and cause financial damage to producer companies
It was noted that after the strike decision was passed by the general assembly of SAG-AFTRA, statements on the subject would be made.
It is thought that the said strike will delay TV series and movie screenings in Hollywood and cause financial damage to the production companies.
It is stated that the SAG-AFTRA strike, together with the strike initiated by the screenwriters in the USA for the same reason, may cause the industry-wide “closure” of Hollywood for the first time since 1960.
Screenwriters’ strikes in Hollywood
In recent years, when there has been a rapid increase in annual TV series and film production, screenwriters say that they work under more difficult conditions and are paid less in return.
It was stated that the strike initiated by the American Screenwriters Association (WGA) on May 2 may lead to a delay in movie screenings.
The last time the screenwriters went on strike was in 2007, and the 100-day layoff of employees caused about $2 billion in losses.