Hollywood actors on strike continue contract negotiations with companies and networks.


Reuters: Los Angeles The first time the two sides have been back at the negotiating table since the middle of July was on Monday, when representatives of major studios, television networks, and streaming services met with representatives of Hollywood actors on strike to continue contract negotiations.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and the SAG-AFTRA actors union resumed negotiations eight days after the producers reached a separate contract agreement with Hollywood writers, who went on strike on May 2—about 10 weeks before the actors did.

At the end of the day, the two sides released a joint statement saying that their day-long negotiations with the AMPTP had come to an end. It stated that talks would get back up on Wednesday.

There were no other details available right away. The “blackout” of news during the negotiations was agreed upon by both parties.

The tentative agreement that the producers and the 11,500-member Writers Guild of America struck on September 24 not only made it possible for their labour conflict to be resolved three days later, but it may also serve as a model for resolving the actors strike.

The largest union in Hollywood, SAG-AFTRA, which represents 160,000 actors in television and film, went on strike on July 14 in protest at restrictions on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in entertainment as well as increased base pay and residuals from streaming TV.

The same issues were at the center of the writers strike.

Actors in the field of artificial intelligence aim to prevent “digital replicas” created by computers from replacing their work and imagery.

In addition, they are looking for payment in the form of revenue sharing that represents the value they add to the still-evolving field of streaming.

Limits on self-taped auditions, which they contend are more expensive for them than in-person readings, are among the demands made by actors. Additionally, they demanded guarantees of better racial parity on the set, as well as the provision of hair and makeup artists skilled in using a range of skin tones and hair types.

On Monday, network television’s late-night anchors Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, and Jimmy Kimmel brought their shows back to television, which also happened to coincide with the beginning of contract negotiations between the performers and studios. On Sunday, the comedian John Oliver made a comeback on “Last Week Tonight” on HBO.

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