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Film Celebrities May Picket in Historic Hollywood Labor Dispute

by Joshua Brown
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Hollywood labor dispute

Prominent film celebrities might be spotted on the picket lines this Friday, standing shoulder to shoulder with protesting screen actors and writers, marking the first day of a strike that has turned into the largest labor dispute in Hollywood in many years.

This protest action follows a vote by the primary actors’ union to join forces with the screenwriters and strike together, a move unseen for over sixty years. The negotiations for a new contract with the studios and streaming services collapsed, leading to an immediate halt in production across the entertainment sector.

High-profile Oscar and Emmy recipients are expected to regularly appear on the picket lines in New York and Los Angeles, lending their star power to the demonstrations outside studios and corporate offices.

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Many actors have shown their support for the writers who initiated the strike in May over the past weeks. The actors’ union, comprising 65,000 members, will now officially join the strike.

The concerns of both guilds are similar, primarily focusing on whether their contracts are keeping pace with inflation and their residual payments, which cover actors and creators for the continued use of their work, such as in reruns or streaming services. The unions are also pushing for protective measures against the use of AI technology replicating their work in film and television.

Fran Drescher, president of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, vehemently criticized studios and streaming services while announcing the union leaders’ unanimous vote to strike on Thursday.

“We are being taken advantage of by a profoundly greedy entity,” said Drescher, known for her role in “The Nanny”. “It’s shocking how we are being treated by those we’ve partnered with in business. It’s unbelievable how wide the gap is on so many issues, and how they claim to be suffering financial losses while their CEOs receive hundreds of millions in compensation.”

Justine Bateman was among those seen at a Writers Guild rally outside Netflix, as the strike by The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists was announced in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

No negotiations are scheduled at this time, and the strike’s conclusion remains uncertain. It marks the first time both guilds have walked off sets since 1960, when actor Ronald Reagan was leading SAG.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, representing employers like Disney, Netflix, Amazon among others, expressed regret over the walkout, arguing it will negatively impact thousands of workers in related industries.

The actors’ strike will ripple beyond the sets. Celebrities will be prevented from promoting their work through red carpet premieres or personal appearances. They won’t be allowed to participate in Emmy campaigns, auditions, or rehearsals.

While overseas shoots can technically proceed, the American-based writers and performers’ halt is expected to create a significant slowdown there as well.

The writers’ strike has already resulted in a shutdown of late-night talk shows, “Saturday Night Live”, and several scripted shows such as “Stranger Things” on Netflix, “Hacks” on Max, and “Family Guy” on Fox. With actors now also participating, more shows are expected to be affected.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hollywood labor dispute

What is the main cause of the Hollywood labor dispute?

The dispute primarily focuses on concerns about contracts not keeping pace with inflation and about residual payments, which compensate creators and actors for use of their material beyond the original airing. The unions also seek protection against the use of artificial intelligence that mimics their work on film and television.

Who is participating in the Hollywood strike?

Prominent film celebrities and members of the primary actors’ union are joining forces with screenwriters for a collective strike. This includes Oscar and Emmy winners, and overall 65,000 members of the actors’ union.

What is the impact of the strike on the entertainment industry?

The strike has led to an immediate halt in production across the entertainment sector. This extends beyond filming, as stars 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.

What has been the reaction of studios and streaming services to the strike?

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, representing employers like Disney, Netflix, Amazon and others, expressed regret over the walkout. They argue that the strike will negatively impact thousands of workers in related industries.

Which shows have been affected by the strike?

Late-night talk shows, “Saturday Night Live”, and several scripted shows like “Stranger Things” on Netflix, “Hacks” on Max, and “Family Guy” on Fox have been affected. More shows are expected to be impacted as the actors join the strike.

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5 comments

HollywoodInsider July 14, 2023 - 10:37 pm

it’s a massive move from the unions, really speaks to the power of collective action… this is gonna have a huge impact, not just on actors but all the other industry workers too

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MovieBuff78 July 15, 2023 - 12:29 am

wow, can’t believe all the big names r going on strike. Feels like Hollywood’s gonna grind to a halt. bout time they stood up for themselves I reckon!

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SilverScreenFan July 15, 2023 - 4:50 am

Yikes! I was wondering why there weren’t any new episodes of Stranger Things. Makes sense now… tough times for all in the industry, hope they sort it out soon!

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ScreenplayLover July 15, 2023 - 4:19 pm

Always admired Drescher, now even more! It takes guts to speak out against the studios and big streaming services. hats off to her and all standing their ground.

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MediaJunkie July 15, 2023 - 4:26 pm

The AI thing is really scary, imagine machines taking over the entertainment world… I’d rather see my favorite actors anytime!

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