- By Paul Glynn
- entertainment reporter
Tens of thousands of Hollywood actors are preparing to go on strike after final negotiations between their union and the streaming giants broke down before the deadline.
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) has agreed to renew a negotiation with major studios.
But the union was unable to agree on issues around the remaining funds and the use of artificial intelligence.
From Thursday, its members are expected to join the screenwriters on the routes.
The writers have been on strike for several months, outside the studios of major streaming companies including Disney, Netflix and Paramount, because of pay and working conditions.
Now, the negotiating committee of SAG-AFTRA – the union representing 160,000 actors and performers – has voted unanimously to propose strike action to the board.
The union’s council will meet at 12:00 EST (16:00 GMT) to decide whether to formally approve the strike. It will announce its decision in a press conference at 15:00 EST.
It sought a fairer distribution of streaming profits and ensured that AI would not be used to replace tasks performed by actors.
“We do not believe employers intend to negotiate to reach an agreement,” the commission said after Wednesday’s midnight deadline passed.
“Time is running out,” it warned.
The association’s president, Fran Drescher, has accused streaming companies of refusing to “meaningfully engage in some topics and others completely hindering us”.
The group representing the studios, the Union of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), said it was “disappointed” by the collapse of negotiations.
“This is the choice of the alliance, not ours,” AMPTP said in a statement.
“In doing so, it rejected our proposal for historic pay and surplus gains, significantly higher limits on pension and health contributions, audition protection, shortened series selection time, groundbreaking AI recommendations that protect actors’ digital portraits, etc.”
Hollywood hasn’t seen a “double strike” between actors and writers since 1960, and the joint move would bring most American film and television production to a halt.
The strike could also extend to the UK and other countries where members of the acting association are active on set.
It will also prevent A-listers from promoting some of the biggest releases of the year.
US publishing Reported diversity Christopher Nolan’s London premiere of Oppenheimer on Thursday was pushed back an hour so stars like Robert Downey Jr, Emily Blunt and Matt Damon, as well as Cillian Murphy and Florence Pugh could walk the red carpet before any any premiere officially begins.
A strike could knock them out of the big US movie premiere in New York on Monday and beyond, while other major TV and movie events like the annual Comic-Con event next week. arrivals in San Diego can also be miniaturized.
But the leading actors have made it clear that they are willing to strike in support of their colleagues. In June, a letter from A-list stars including Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence urged the union not to accept a trivial deal.
Speaking at the Barbie movie premiere, the film’s star Margot Robbie told Pop Culture Journalist Natalie Jamieson: “I’m clearly involved and part of SAG and I definitely support all the companies. union so I hope everyone comes to an agreement, they’re happy with.”
Also on Wednesday, Hollywood unions representing film directors and crew issued a statement of “unwavering support and solidarity” with the actors.
The AMPTP is said to have called on federal mediators to help resolve the deadlock.