Celebrities Stand on Picket Lines, Battling for Hollywood’s Future

by Madison Thomas
Hollywood labor strike

Top movie and TV personalities like Jason Sudeikis of “Ted Lasso” and Rosario Dawson, joined screenwriters on picket lines on Friday, signaling the start of Hollywood’s most significant labor dispute in years.

The disagreement had already put a halt to production across the entertainment sector the previous day. Sudeikis could be seen amongst the protesters outside NBC in New York, advocating for further negotiations after contract discussions with studios and streaming services fell through. Dawson, renowned for her roles in “Rent” and the “Star Wars” TV series “Ahsoka,” joined the protesters outside Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, California.

Famous faces such as “Lord of the Rings” actor Sean Astin, “Titanic” star Frances Fisher, and Fran Drescher of “The Nanny” fame, the current president of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, joined the energetic protest outside Netflix’s offices in Hollywood. Meanwhile, Ginnifer Goodwin of “Once Upon a Time” fame was seen with protesters at Paramount Pictures.

These Oscar and Emmy winners are expected to make regular appearances on picket lines in New York and Los Angeles, lending their fame to the demonstrations outside studios and corporate offices.

This is the first joint strike involving both actors and screenwriters in over sixty years. Actors have recently shown solidarity with the 11,500 writers who began their strike in May. On Thursday, 65,000 members of the actors’ union officially joined the strike.

Both guilds share concerns regarding contracts keeping pace with inflation, residual payments, and the threat of artificial intelligence imitating their work in film and television. The picket lines also saw protestors criticizing Disney’s CEO Bob Iger, who recently commented on the unfortunate impact the strikes would have on the entertainment economy.

Talks remain at a standstill, and the end of the work stoppage is not in sight. This is the first joint strike by both guilds since 1960, a significant point in labor history led by then-actor Ronald Reagan, which resulted in health and pension plans and the establishment of residuals.

The strike will have more than just filming implications. Stars will be prohibited from promoting their work at red carpet premieres or personal appearances. They will be unable to campaign for Emmy awards or participate in auditions or rehearsals.

Upcoming premieres and red carpet events have been affected, including those for “Special Ops: Lioness,” starring Zoe Saldaña and Nicole Kidman, and Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer”. The “Haunted Mansion” premiere will proceed at Disneyland on Saturday, although without the attendance of any film stars.

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass urged all parties to negotiate continuously until an agreement is reached, emphasizing the strike’s overall economic impact. The writers’ strike had already halted much of television production, and with actors joining, shooting for major films like “Deadpool 3,” “Gladiator 2,” and the new “Mission Impossible” movie has stopped. Late-night talk shows, “Saturday Night Live,” and several scripted shows have also been affected.

The writers’ strike also led to a pause in production for series like “Stranger Things” on Netflix, “Hacks” on Max, and “Family Guy” on Fox. With actors also going on strike, more shows are sure to follow.

This article was amended to correct the spelling of Jason Sudeikis’ last name and Ginnifer Goodwin’s first name.

Krysta Fauria from Big Big News contributed to this article.

For more information on the Hollywood strikes, visit https://bigbignews.net/hollywood-strikes/

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hollywood labor strike

Who are some of the notable figures participating in the strike?

Notable figures participating in the strike include Jason Sudeikis, Rosario Dawson, Sean Astin, Frances Fisher, Fran Drescher, and Ginnifer Goodwin.

What caused the strike?

The strike was triggered by concerns over contracts not keeping up with inflation, inadequate residual payments, and worries about artificial intelligence reproducing their work in film and television.

Is there an end in sight for the strike?

As of now, no talks are planned, and no end is in sight for the work stoppage.

How has the strike affected the production of movies and TV shows?

The strike has halted production across the entertainment sector, including shooting for major films like “Deadpool 3,” “Gladiator 2,” and Tom Cruise’s “Mission Impossible” series, as well as late-night talk shows and several scripted shows.

What other impacts will the strike have on actors?

In addition to filming, actors will no longer be allowed to promote their work through red carpet premieres or personal appearances, and they cannot campaign for Emmy awards or participate in auditions or rehearsals.

When was the last time a joint strike occurred involving both actors and screenwriters?

The last joint strike involving both actors and screenwriters occurred in 1960.

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AngelaM July 15, 2023 - 8:55 am

Wasn’t looking forward to “Haunted Mansion”, but it’s a bummer for the actors who can’t promote their work. tough times.

LizaK July 15, 2023 - 10:40 am

Strikes are no joke…It’s not just about the stars, its about all the people behind the scenes who suffer too…

ScriptWriter101 July 15, 2023 - 11:06 am

it’s about time! we deserve better contracts & residuals. Also, AI taking our jobs? not cool.

JamesL July 15, 2023 - 3:56 pm

Man, this is crazy, never thought I’d see something like this happening in Hollywood. wonder how long it’ll last.

MovieFan2023 July 15, 2023 - 8:58 pm

This could really mess up release schedules, what am i supposed to watch now?!

SammyJones July 16, 2023 - 3:02 am

Can’t believe it’s been 60 years since something like this happend in Hollywood, shows how much things need to change.

TimTheActor July 16, 2023 - 4:24 am

Striking ain’t fun, but sometimes it’s necessary. Hope this gets resolved soon.

GeorgeT July 16, 2023 - 4:35 am

Kinda impressed to see big names joining the fight. Respect to those who stand for what they believe in!!


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