Two weeks have passed since the Writers Guild of America reached a deal to resume working, but things aren’t looking good for its counterpart, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). Talks broke down Wednesday night with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) due to “bully tactics,” with CEOs reportedly walking away without any proposed counteroffer, SAG-AFTRA’s negotiating committee said in a statement. CEOs such as Disney’s Bob Iger and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos started personally meeting with SAG-AFTRA negotiators in early October.
The committee is working to reach an agreement for actors, striking since mid-July. “We have negotiated with them in good faith, despite the fact that last week they presented an offer that was, shockingly, worth less than they proposed before the strike began,” SAG-AFTRA added. “These companies refuse to protect performers from being replaced by AI, they refuse to increase your wages to keep up with inflation, and they refuse to share a tiny portion of the immense revenue your work generates for them.”
The AMPTP claims a requested cut in streaming revenue would cost $800 million a year, a figure SAG-AFTRA says is inflated by 60 percent after “big, meaningful counters” from the union. According to SAG-AFTRA, this tactic is an attempt to fool members and break down support. The union also claims AMPTP is requiring day one AI consent from actors to use their likeness across an entire franchise. For now, SAG-AFTRA encourages its members to continue showing up at picket lines and solidarity events.