SAG-AFTRA Plans for Hollywood’s Labor Strike

SAG-AFTRA plans for Hollywood’s labor strike. The guild has now come out to say that interim agreements are a vital and important piece of its plan to weather the ongoing labor strike currently rocking Hollywood.

SAG-AFTRA Hollywood’s Labor Strike

The Screen Actors Guild amid concerns regarding the growing number of interim agreements that are being given to independent film production during the ongoing strikes says that the move in question is a very key part of its plan altogether to support performers through a very much economically challenging situation.

SAG-AFTRA Hollywood’s Labor Strike

When the Screen Actors Guild started giving independently produced projects clearance to continue with production during Hollywood’s two ongoing labor strikes in the early parts of this month, there was a sizable amount of confusion regarding how the process worked and why the union was going on about it, given the fact that it had called for an industrywide work stoppage just a couple of days earlier. And right now, as more people have started to question the logic that is behind the interim agreements that are being granted, SAG-AFTRA has come out to say that they are very much a part of its plan to help its members to survive a strike that has already taken some particularly ugly and telling turns.

What SAG-AFTRA Interim Agreements Are

SAG-AFTRA on Sunday evening posted a really lengthy statement to its website explaining what its interim agreements are and juts how they are being handed out to more than 100 different indie projects, such as The Chosen, is not at odds with the strike simply because those very productions are not associated directly with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. And in addition to stressing that it is still very much striking against the AMPTP, SAG-AFTRA also insisted that the interim agreements as you know are not “waivers” but rather they are legally binding contracts that adhere to the very same labor terms that the union is pushing the studios to agree upon.

“It behooves us to make this strategic move,” the union stated. “The Interim Agreement gives many of our journeyman performers and crews the opportunity to pay their rent and feed their families. This approach maintains our strength, solidarity, and upper hand with the AMPTP until they yield to the deal we deserve.”

What Independent Projects Need to Do to Successfully Secure One of the Interim Agreements of SAG-AFTRA

For independent projects to successfully secure one of the interim agreements of SAG-AFTRA during the strike, the said production outfits that are behind them cannot be a part of the AMPTP which is the trade association that represents essentially all of the big studios of the entertainment industry. Productions additionally, that get interim agreements must agree to all of the demands that SAG-AFTRA is making of the AMPTP automatically, and this is including significant increases to salary minimums as well as cutting actors in on 2 percent of the streaming revenue for projects that get to end up on services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime ultimately.

Hiccups to Interim Agreements of SAG-AFTRA

The role of Amazon Prime as the distributor of studio MRC’s G20 from director Patricia Riggen Interestingly seems to have been one of the bigger contributing factors to the recent decision of actress/producer Viola Davis stepping away from the film despite it entering an interim agreement from SAG-AFTRA. And just like Davis, a host of other performers, which is inclusive of Bob Odenkirk, Tobias Menzies, and Sarah Silverman, have been similarly voicing concerns regarding the number (and the optics) of productions that are being given the go-ahead to resume as both SAG and the Writers Guild of America’s strikes continue to happen.

SAG-AFTRA Acknowledged the Concern That Its Interim Agreements Could Create

SAG-AFTRA in its statement acknowledged the concern that its interim agreements could “produce content for struck companies to distribute” but however expressed confidence that provisions such as the new revenue sharing model “will make distribution of these projects through AMPTP platforms unfeasible.”

“Some have suggested that the Interim Agreement might prolong the strike, but we disagree,” the union stated. “We believe the leverage created by increasing competitive pressure on the AMPTP and denying them what they want most will force them back to the table and help bring this strike to an end.”



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