Strike Looms As SAG-AFTRA Contract Negotiations Ended with No Agreement

Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) talks with companies have ended without a deal or an extension, which means a strike is coming soon.

Variety says that the union’s contract finished at midnight, and the negotiating committee has all agreed that a strike should happen.

The union’s national board is likely to meet on Thursday morning to decide to call a strike, which would stop written film and TV production at the companies represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

Fran Drescher, who is the head of SAG-AFTRA, said that the AMPTP’s answers to important questions were “insulting and disrespectful.”

The AMPTP was unhappy with the result and said that SAG-AFTRA turned down their offers, which put the industry’s finances at risk. The union wants a method for streaming residuals and rules about how AI can be used.

The studios have been unwilling to share viewership data, so SAG-AFTRA suggested using metrics from Parrot Analytics, a third-party data company. The union made streaming and artificial intelligence (AI) two of the most important points in the talks, citing the loss of pay and the need to keep actors’ names and talents from being used without their permission.

Also, members of the union have asked its leaders to take a strong stand, and players have joined writers on picket lines in recent days.

Early in June, SAG-AFTRA members voted strongly for the right to go on strike.