There is positive news from the picket lines to start the week ahead. SAG-AFTRA and Hollywood studios have set a date to return to the bargaining table, and that date is this Tuesday.
Discussions had ceased on October 11th, after the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) declared the gap between both sides was “too great” to continue discussions.
Here is the letter the SAG-AFTRA Negotiating Committee sent to its members earlier today…
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 24.
It is clear that the strength and solidarity shown by our members has sent an unmistakable message to the CEOs. As we have repeatedly said, we are ready, willing and able to engage on a moment’s notice to meet and to work across the table to achieve a deal that is worthy of your sacrifice. Including this morning, just as our bi-annual SAG-AFTRA Convention is underway.
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.
We are focused.
We are determined.
We will not waver.
One day longer.
One day stronger.
As long as it takes.
Your TV/Theatrical Negotiating Committee
What Are the Key Issues on the Table?
Simply put, SAG-AFTRA members are demanding better pay and increased safeguarding around AI rights.
More specifically, in the latest round of talks earlier this October, SAG-AFTRA’s proposal of revenue sharing continued to prove a tricky challenge, according to Deadline. As it has since the parties’ first set of negotiations in July, the actors guild wants the casts of successful streaming shows to receive 2% of profits. As they have since this summer and consistently since SAG-AFTRA went out on strike on July 14, the AMPTP have rejected the proposal due to differences over analytics and their take on the overall business model of streaming.
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