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Tension Mounts in Hollywood as Actors’ Strike Deadline Looms

Hollywood Actors Await Union Decision on Possible Strike

Hollywood actors are on edge as they await the decision of their union, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), on whether to go on strike during the peak of the film industry’s summer blockbuster season. Talks between SAG-AFTRA and major studios like Netflix and Disney have already been extended, and federal mediators have been called in to help resolve the deadlock over pay and other conditions. However, if a deal is not reached by the midnight deadline on Wednesday, actors will join the writers who have already been picketing outside studios for over two months, resulting in a “double strike” not seen in Hollywood since 1960. This would bring nearly all US film and television productions to a halt, impacting the promotion of major releases and disrupting events like the annual Comic-Con gathering.

“A ‘double strike,’ not seen in Hollywood since 1960, would bring nearly all US film and television productions to a halt.”

The concern in Hollywood is so great that powerful agency chiefs have reached out to SAG leaders, offering assistance in negotiations. SAG, representing 160,000 actors and performers, has already approved industrial action if a deal is not reached. While some reality TV, animation, and talk shows may continue, a strike by actors would shut down most productions. This would not only result in delays for popular returning series, but also potentially postpone the release of future blockbuster films. Even the Emmy Awards may face a delay or cancellation, with a potential boycott by stars.

  1. The writers’ strike has already significantly reduced the number of movies and shows in production
  2. An actors’ strike would shutter almost everything, with some exceptions like reality TV, animation, and talk shows
  3. Fox has unveiled a fall television schedule full of unscripted series, but popular series set to return this year may face lengthy delays
  4. Future blockbuster films would be postponed if the strikes continue
  5. The Emmy Awards, scheduled for September 18, may be delayed, and stars may boycott the ceremony

SAG-AFTRA expressed skepticism about the studios’ intentions, stating that they are not confident in reaching an agreement. Negotiations center around demands for higher pay to counteract inflation, as well as guarantees for actors’ future livelihoods. Additionally, both actors and writers want regulations on the use of artificial intelligence in the industry, which studios have so far refused to address.

The outcome of the union’s decision will have far-reaching consequences for the film industry, impacting the lives of actors and the production of movies and shows.

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