Negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and leading film studios persisted into Sunday, with no final agreement yet despite a rising sense of hope within the industry. The union had put forth a new proposal to the studios on Saturday, leading to what was described as constructive dialogue over the weekend.
Sources indicated that Sunday’s discussions were challenging, particularly regarding the governance of artificial intelligence, an issue yet to be resolved. Despite the difficulties, indications suggest negotiations are moving positively.
SAG-AFTRA notified its members that after independent work on Monday, both parties planned to reconvene later that day to decide on future discussions.
The union also called for strong member participation in picket lines the following morning.
Heads of major studios, including Ted Sarandos from Netflix, NBCUniversal’s Donna Langley, David Zaslav of Warner Bros. Discovery, and Disney’s Bob Iger, have expressed concerns over the dwindling time for the 2023-24 television season. The ongoing strike has already led to the delay of several major 2024 film releases, significantly disrupting the film industry’s schedule.
These CEOs had been part of the initial two-day negotiation last week. Carol Lombardini, head of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, is now spearheading the discussions on behalf of the studios.
As Halloween nears, SAG-AFTRA faces light-hearted jabs for instructing its members to refrain from donning costumes of characters from studio-produced movies and TV series.
This rule was humorously targeted in a Saturday Night Live sketch featuring Sarah Sherman as SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher. Moreover, Megan Fox playfully defied this directive by dressing as Gogo Yubari from Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill: Volume 1” and tagging the union in her Instagram post. She attended the Casamigos Halloween Party in Beverly Hills alongside Machine Gun Kelly, who was dressed as Uma Thurman’s character, The Bride, from the same film.
The strike by SAG-AFTRA, which began on July 14, continues to unfold. Source