SAG-AFTRA negotiators spent Thursday afternoon in a holding sample because the union waited for a response from administration to its most up-to-date counterproposal.
Agreements round AI stay elusive and irritating to each side of the desk. Administration believes the union is targeted on too many “what if” situations involving fast-changing generative AI expertise, whereas actors preserve that AI is the existential risk to their livelihoods that has fueled a lot of the strike. The work stoppage that started July 14 has reached Day 112, marking the longest strike towards TV and movie producers in SAG-AFTRA’s practically 100-year historical past.
Because the union and the Alliance of Movement Image and Tv Producers inch nearer to an agremeent, sources near the scenario stated there was frustration from the AMPTP facet that SAG-AFTRA raised quite a lot of points this week which might be seen by administration as late additions to the calls for whereas the union facet counters that these points have been on the desk all alongside, however had been decrease on the listing of priorities, till now. It is a rerun of the situation that performed out in late September because the Writers Guild of America got here to the tip of its 148-day strike.
The union instructed its members on Wednesday evening that it had delivered a “complete” counterproposal on Saturday, and had but to listen to a response. The union has additionally stated that the 2 sides stay “far aside” on key points within the talks.
The union spent three hours on Wednesday delivering an in depth response on AI.
Some outdoors the talks have grown annoyed with the sluggish tempo of progress, which they see as reflecting an absence of urgency on one facet or the opposite.
After a protracted interval of deadlock, SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP negotiations resumed in early October however cratered on Oct. 11 after it grew to become clear that they had been nonetheless miles aside on essential points corresponding to streaming residuals, minimal will increase and AI. Amid indicators of restlessness from outstanding SAG-AFTRA members corresponding to George Clooney, the perimeters reconvened Oct. 24 and have been in regular communication ever since.
Trade insiders are carefully watching the scenario because the window of alternative is closing quick for Hollywood to get any films or TV reveals in manufacturing earlier than yr’s finish. The various months of labor strife in Hollywood this yr — mirroring the resurgent labor motion throughout many sectors of the U.S. financial system this yr — has taken an enormous monetary toll on actors, writers in addition to myriad different stakeholders within the inventive neighborhood.