Saturday, May 25, 2024

Will the Actors’ Strike Ever Be Over? Studios Send Their “Last, Best, and Final Offer”


More meetings today between SAG AFTRA and the studios aka AMPTP. This is day 114 or so of a strike that has crippled Hollywood. If the strike isn’t resolved in the next few days there will be no spring TV season and very few 2024 movies.

The Union wants to be paid for streaming. The studios say they’ve met their demands. But it’s a lot of posturing. The Union has already set a picket schedule for next week. So they’re not giving up. The studios have to concede here or they won’t have product. TV viewing is already very low. Without new shows with actors, it will collapse.

Let’s hope the end is near!

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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