Friday, June 21, 2024

Strike Update: Actors Guild Says They’ll Agree to Arbitration with Studios at Least Through Tomorrow at Midnight


The actors union, SAG-AFTRA, has agreed to arbitration. Kinda.

The union says the studios can negotiate with them through federal mediation — but only until midnight tomorrow, when they could vote to strike.

“The SAG-AFTRA TV/Theatrical/Streaming Negotiating Committee has agreed to the AMPTP’s last-minute request for federal mediation and has reaffirmed the negotiating committee’s dedication to securing a fair deal by the expiration of the extended contract at 11:59 p.m. PT on Wednesday, July 12,” SAG-AFTRA said in a statement.

The union disputed a report in Variety that the studios got all their honchos together and decided to make a try at bringing this ridiculous standoff to an end. The studios, this reporter feels, should just cough up the small amount of money wanted by SAG and the Writers Guild and let everyone get back to work.

Will the mediation work? It’s unlikely. At this point the two unions have more leverage if they go on strike. Content is running out at all the TV networks. Soap opera characters are starting to weird things as the shows are written by scabs. Soon, it’s going to be like “The Purple Rose of Cairo.”

Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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