Monday, June 17, 2024

Awards Season in Peril as SAG Says Actors Strike Continues with “Several Essential Elements” Still Not Resolved


SAG AFTRA has just issued a statement that is not terribly optimistic about the actors’ strike.

The union says there are “Several essential elements” still not resolved. The conflict seems to be about AI, which SAG will stand fast until the studios cave.

The picket lines, meantime, are busier than ever.

If the strike is not resolved, and both sides decide to wait until after Christmas, awards season will be decimated. Right now there’s a heavy schedule the first two weeks of January. If actors are not allowed to attend the Critics Choice, Emmys, or Golden Globes, not to mention the Academy’s Governors Awards, there’s going to be a very tough time in Hollywood.

Maybe a truce can be called this week. Let’s hope!

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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