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What is SAG-AFTRA? What does it mean for Hollywood?

Updated on: 04 August,2023 12:48 PM IST  |  Los Angeles
Tuhina Upadhyay | tuhina.upadhyay@mid-day.com

This article delves into the topic of SAG-AFTRA and WGA strike. The most important issue that has brought Hollywood to a standstill

What is SAG-AFTRA? What does it mean for Hollywood?

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Key Highlights

  1. SAG-AFTRA, a labor union representing approximately 160,000 professionals in the entertainment industry, including actors, recording artists, and media personnel, has recently announced a strike
  2. The fight is for improved pay, better working conditions, and contracts that address concerns related to artificial intelligence.
  3. One of the primary concerns for the union is the decline in compensation, particularly regarding residuals

SAG-AFTRA, a labor union representing approximately 160,000 professionals in the entertainment industry, including actors, recording artists, and media personnel, has recently announced a strike. This decision follows unsuccessful negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which represents major film studios such as Paramount, Sony, Netflix, Walt Disney Studios, and Warner Bros.


The strike comes as actors and SAG-AFTRA members fight for improved pay, better working conditions, and contracts that address concerns related to artificial intelligence.


One of the primary concerns for the union is the decline in compensation, particularly regarding residuals. Residuals are payments actors receive when their work is reused beyond its initial performance, such as in reruns or DVD releases. The issue arises with streaming projects, as actors claim they are paid at lower rates, and the calculation of their compensation differs.


Additionally, there are apprehensions regarding the potential exploitation of performers’ likenesses by artificial intelligence without adequate compensation. Union members stress the importance of protecting their identities and talents when their work is used to train AI systems.

AMPTP has expressed disappointment with the breakdown in negotiations, stating that the strike was the union’s choice. They claim to have offered historic pay and residual increases, higher pension and health contribution caps, audition protections, and a groundbreaking AI proposal to protect actors’ digital likenesses.

The strike’s impact on the entertainment industry is significant, with the suspension of numerous film and TV productions in the United States and abroad. Actors will also be prohibited from promoting their latest projects through interviews and red carpet appearances during the strike. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is already on strike for over two months, further exacerbating the situation and bringing the entertainment industry to a standstill.

The ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike has affected the promotions of many movies, including, Alia Bhatt's Hollywood movie 'Heart of Stone'. Multiple sources indicate that the anticipated extensive promotional events in Los Angeles, scheduled before its August 11 release, have been postponed due to the strike. This spy film features Bhatt in the lead role and is noteworthy as her debut in Hollywood.

Many prominent Hollywood stars, including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Glenn Close, Eva Longoria, Mark Ruffalo, and Laura Linney, have openly supported the actors’ strike, calling for a transformative deal that addresses their concerns.

The duration of the strike remains uncertain and is subject to ongoing negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP. During the strike, actors are prohibited from performing in works and publicizing their projects, leading to promotional blackouts and potential financial implications for the entertainment industry.

The SAG-AFTRA strike represents a crucial moment for the entertainment industry, as actors and professionals unite to fight for better pay, improved working conditions, and protections against the potential exploitation of artificial intelligence. The suspension of film and TV productions, along with actors’ restricted promotional activities, underscores the seriousness of the situation. As negotiations continue, the duration and impact of the strike remain uncertain.

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