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Negotiations between SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) are set to resume on Monday, October 2nd, following the recent resolution of a concurrent strike led by the Writers Guild of America (WGA).
In a statement, SAG-AFTRA announced, “SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP will resume negotiations for a new TV/Theatrical contract on Monday, Oct. 2. Several executives from AMPTP member companies will be in attendance.”
The resumption of negotiations is expected to be met with renewed determination, as the creative community and numerous intersecting businesses collectively breathed a sigh of relief when the WGA strike, which lasted 146 days, concluded on September 26th. Backchannel discussions between Duncan Crabtree Ireland, the lead negotiator for SAG-AFTRA, and the four prominent media CEOs who played a pivotal role in brokering the WGA deal—Bob Iger of Disney, Donna Langley of NBCUniversal, David Zaslav of Warner Bros. Discovery, and Ted Sarandos of Netflix—commenced immediately after the writers reached a tentative agreement, according to sources.
The strike by SAG-AFTRA, comprising approximately 160,000 members, began on July 14th, and negotiations had not resumed in earnest until now. The strike had far-reaching consequences, impacting the global box office and disrupting the fall film festival circuit. With A-list talent unable to promote work produced by a “struck” company, prestigious events in Venice, Telluride, and Toronto saw sparsely attended red carpets.
A fortunate few film and television projects were granted SAG-AFTRA interim agreements, allowing productions to continue and permitting stars to participate in promotional activities. Among these projects are Michael Mann’s “Ferrari,” Sofia Coppola’s “Priscilla,” and the upcoming holiday release “The Iron Claw,” featuring Zac Efron and Jeremy Allen White.
While Duncan Crabtree Ireland and SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher have expressed their eagerness to return to the negotiating table, the union has also been actively involved in other strike-related matters. On Monday, the union voted overwhelmingly to halt work for ten major video game companies, citing concerns over issues such as compensation, the impact of inflation, unregulated use of artificial intelligence, and safety after five rounds of unproductive bargaining.