In an exclusive development, studios have put forward a new proposal aimed at resolving the 113-day-old strike by SAG-AFTRA. This move comes after a week of tense negotiations and rising pessimism. The actors’ guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) are gearing up for further negotiations this weekend, with studio CEOs expected to participate directly. However, it’s important to note that expectations for a swift resolution should be tempered, as SAG-AFTRA leadership needs time to thoroughly review the document before returning to the bargaining table.
Here are some key points from the recent developments:
1. Tense Negotiations
The past week has witnessed a shift in the tone of negotiations, with the atmosphere becoming increasingly pessimistic. SAG-AFTRA had been awaiting a formal response to their most recent proposals, leading to concerns and anxiety among the actors’ guild. However, a studio insider has clarified that the extended response time is primarily due to the desire to present a comprehensive package for negotiation.
2. Urgency and Fluid Negotiations
With the recent changes in the tone of contract talks, there’s now a sense of “cautious optimism” in the negotiations. The urgency to find a resolution has become more pronounced. However, it’s worth noting that the latest proposal is not necessarily the final offer from the AMPTP.
While it was reported that SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP did not meet on a particular Thursday, there were conversations between the two sides on that day and the following one. This suggests that there is ongoing communication behind the scenes.
4. CEO Involvement
Top studio executives, including NBCUniversal’s Donna Langley, Disney’s Bob Iger, Warner Bros Discovery’s David Zaslav, and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, have been actively participating in the recent round of discussions with SAG-AFTRA. They are deeply involved in crafting responses to the guild’s proposals, indicating the significance of these negotiations.
5. Divide and Conquer Tactics
There have been allegations of a “divide and conquer” strategy employed by the AMPTP to create divisions within SAG-AFTRA. So far, these tactics appear to have been largely unsuccessful, as the guild’s leadership remains united.
6. Unique Demands
SAG-AFTRA has made some unique demands, including giving stunt performers the ability to decide their digital stunt doubles’ appearances. Additionally, they’ve sought limitations on the use of digital extras in scenes to ensure more real-life actors are featured on screen.
7. Impact on the Entertainment Industry
The ongoing strikes have had significant consequences, with California’s economy taking a substantial hit. The entertainment industry has seen over 45,000 job losses, and billions of dollars have been lost due to the strikes.
The new proposal from the studios is a significant development in the ongoing strike by SAG-AFTRA. While negotiations have been tense, there’s a sense of cautious optimism, and both sides continue to engage in discussions. The involvement of top studio executives highlights the importance of these negotiations in shaping the future of the entertainment industry. As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen how these developments will impact the industry’s landscape.