Saturday, May 25, 2024

If SAG Strike Isn’t Over Soon, Awards Season Will Be Decimated, No New TV Shows for 2024 — Actors Sign Letter Backing Strike Over Poor Settlement


Hundreds of actors have signed a letter saying they’d rather continue the SAG AFTRA strike over getting a raw deal from the studios.

Negotiations resume today. The studios’ PR let it out that they could walk away and resume in January if they can’t nail down a deal. Sources yesterday said there was “cautious optimism” about settling in the next few days.

What’s on the table if no deal is reached, and the two sides don’t talk again until January? There are massive repercussions.

The biggest disaster would be no TV shows for the rest of the 2023-24 season. Pilot season begins in February of every year. If the strike isn’t settled until January, all planning will be aimed toward a relaunch in September.

More immediately: the Emmy Awards have still not happened for last season. They’re scheduled for January 15th. The Critics Choice Awards are set for the 14th. The Golden Globes in some form are planned for January 7th. They are major marketing tools for the studios, all of them. They would be scuttled if the strike were still on. The studios can’t afford that.

Last night I ran into a number of SAG members at the Project ALS charity dinner in New York. The words “cautious optimism” hung in the air over the crowd. But no one is ready to “cave in.”

Here’s the solidarity letter.

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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