April 15, 2024
Hollywood actors go on strike: 'We had no choice'

After failed negotiations with major US studios, Hollywood actors went on strike for the first time in 43 years. The writers have been on strike since May 2nd. The country’s film and television industry may come to a standstill.

Actresses and actors in the USA are now officially on strike. According to the actors union SAG-AFTRA, the strike began on Friday at 00:01 local time in Los Angeles (09:01 CEST). The union announced the launch with a black image via Twitter. Dozens of actors are expected to join the screenwriters who have been on strike for weeks with cartels and choirs in Los Angeles and New York.

Actors union SAG-AFTRA announced Thursday at a news conference in Los Angeles that negotiations with the association of television and film studios AMPTP have failed. Among other things, the actors are calling for better remuneration and the regulation of the use of artificial intelligence in the sector.

“We had no choice,” union leader Fran Drescher (“The Nanny”) said at the press conference. “We are the victims here. We are victims of a very greedy entity”. His union members should no longer “be marginalized, treated with disrespect and dishonor”.

“We had no choice,” says union leader Fran Drescher. (Photo by Chris Delmas/AFP)

Both sides had previously called an arbitrator. Despite this, an agreement could not be reached within the deadline set by the actors’ union. “I honestly can’t believe how far apart we are on so many things,” Drescher said.

The association of television and film studios AMPTP – which represents Netflix, Amazon, Apple and Disney, among others – defended itself. An attempt was made to reach an agreement, reads a note. The union has now “sadly sought a path that will lead to financial woes for the countless thousands who depend on the industry”.

The screenwriters are also on strike

The strike is yet another blow to the entertainment industry in the US, as screenwriters have already quit their jobs since May 2. Their strike is already having an impact on viewers. For example, many late night shows can no longer air as usual. According to US media estimates, films and series can hardly be shot with a double shot.

Both creative industries are suffering from the fact that although more films and series are being produced, budgets are declining and series are often filmed with fewer episodes per season. Also, unlike television, reruns with streaming providers carry lower royalties for creatives and are independent of viewership.

The cast of “Oppenheimer” leaves the theater

The actors behind the movie

The actors behind the film ‘Oppenheimer’ walked out of a London premiere on Thursday after appearing on the red carpet in solidarity with the strike.(Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS/AFP)

The SAG-AFTRA union has more than 160,000 members, including film and television actors, stunt performers, broadcasters and presenters. However, the strike only affects actors and actresses in series and films. It is binding on all of them, they are no longer allowed to work in front of camera until further notice.

Some 65,000 union members took part in a vote on June 7, and 97.9% voted in favor of a strike. In addition, stars such as Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Stiller and Pedro Pascal have publicly expressed their solidarity. The actors of the film ‘Oppenheimer’, including Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, walked out of a London premiere on Thursday after appearing on the red carpet in solidarity with the strike.

US actors last went on strike in 1980. At that time, the strike lasted more than three months. The last double strike of actors and screenwriters dates back to 1960. (APA/dpa)

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