With a New WGA Contract in Place, Now It’s SAG-AFTRA’s Turn to Deal

Labor News, Industry News

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by  on May 2, 2017.

Now that the WGA has reached a deal on new film and TV contract, it’s SAG-AFTRA’s turn, and the actors union will be tackling many of the same issues the writers dealt with when it sits down with management this month to hammer out a new three-year pact.

“There are a lot of the same issues – pay rates for new media, options and exclusivity issues that hold film actors to future deals, and SVOD residuals,” a knowledgeable source told Deadline. …

SAG and AFTRA, before they merged five years ago, last struck the film and TV industry in 1980. And while actors might not instill the same fear in the companies as do writers, who have struck four times since the last actors strike, the fact that SAG-AFTRA has been on strike against the video game industry for the past 194 days – the longest in SAG’s history – should give producers reason to believe that actors are not afraid to take to the picket lines to get a fair deal. …

Deadline Hollywood 5/2

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