Thursday, April 18, 2024

SAG AFTRA Actors Strike Gets Worse as Studios Walk Away from Negotiations, Hollywood in Limbo


SAG AFTRA says the studios have walked away from negotiations. The word is that the studios don’t want to ante up on a percentage of streaming profits for the actors. Streaming is so unlike regular TV and movies. The content is available 24/7, not just when offered officially.

SAG is right. The streamers are learning the same lesson that has faced music streaming and downloading for years. The people who created the content want to be paid every time someone uses it.

Hollywood is in limbo. We are three months out from awards season in January. We’re two months out from a holiday break which begins around December 15th and lasts two to three weeks. The studios must come to a reasonable agreement and get Hollywood back to work — especially as all streamers are raising subscription prices as we speak.

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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