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Hollywood Actors Join Forces with Writers in Historic Labor Battle

by Chloe Baker
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In an unprecedented show of solidarity, striking screen actors will join the picket lines alongside writers in New York and Los Angeles, marking the most significant labor dispute in Hollywood in decades.

This double-barreled strike will bring to a halt the remaining productions that persisted during the two-month hiatus of screenwriters. Esteemed actors, including Fran Drescher, president of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and renowned for her role in “The Nanny,” have demonstrated unwavering support on the writers’ picket lines. Now, the union’s 65,000-member actors’ branch will formally unite with them as fellow strikers.

The two guilds share common concerns regarding contracts that fail to keep pace with inflation, residual payments in the age of streaming, and safeguarding against the exploitation of artificial intelligence to replicate their creative work in film and television.

Expect to see the illustrious faces of Oscar and Emmy winners grace the picket lines, lending their star power to the writers’ protests outside studios and corporate headquarters.

With no planned negotiations and no end in sight, this work stoppage represents the first joint walkout by both guilds since 1960 when then-actor Ronald Reagan led the SAG.

In a passionate condemnation of studios and streaming services, Drescher vehemently voiced the union leaders’ unanimous decision to strike on Thursday.

“We had no other recourse. We are the ones suffering here. We are being victimized by an insatiably greedy entity,” Drescher stated. “I am utterly shocked by the way our long-term partners are treating us. The disparities on numerous issues are astounding. They claim financial hardship, yet lavish hundreds of millions of dollars on their CEOs.”

During this strike, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, representing industry giants such as Disney, Netflix, and Amazon, expressed regret over the walkout, recognizing the detrimental impact it will have on the multitude of workers supporting film and television production.

Beyond the filming aspect, the actors’ strike will prohibit stars from participating in red carpet premieres, personal appearances, Emmy Awards campaigns, auditions, and rehearsals.

While international shoots technically may continue, the cessation of work among U.S.-based writers and performers is bound to have a cascading effect on those productions as well.

The writers’ strike already resulted in the immediate shutdown of late-night talk shows and “Saturday Night Live,” along with several scripted shows, such as Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” HBO Max’s “Hacks,” and Fox’s “Family Guy,” all of which suspended their writers’ rooms or halted production. Many more productions are expected to follow suit now that performers have joined the strike.


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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about labor dispute

What is the reason behind the Hollywood labor battle between actors and writers?

The Hollywood labor battle between actors and writers stems from shared concerns over contracts keeping up with inflation, residual payments in the streaming era, and protecting against the use of artificial intelligence to replicate their creative work.

What impact will the strike have on Hollywood productions?

The strike will lead to the shutdown of productions that have been continuing during the two-month hiatus of screenwriters. It will also restrict actors from participating in red carpet premieres, personal appearances, Emmy Awards campaigns, auditions, and rehearsals.

Is there any end in sight for the strike?

As of now, no talks are planned, and there is no clear resolution in sight. This marks the first time both actors and writers have walked off sets together since 1960.

How are studios and streaming services responding to the strike?

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, representing major industry players like Disney, Netflix, and Amazon, has expressed regret over the walkout, acknowledging the adverse impact it will have on the workers supporting film and television production.

Which shows and programs have already been affected by the strike?

Late-night talk shows, “Saturday Night Live,” and several scripted shows, including “Stranger Things,” “Hacks,” and “Family Guy,” have already been impacted by the strike, either with paused writers’ rooms or halted production. More productions are likely to be affected as performers also join the strike.

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4 comments

MovieFan42 July 14, 2023 - 2:47 pm

omg hollywood actors & writers on strike!! this is big!! no more red carpet, premiers, auditions, or even shows like snl & stranger things. studios better wake up & treat them fairly! #solidarity

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Cinephile87 July 15, 2023 - 4:43 am

Wow, the joint strike by actors & writers is like a blast from the past. Reminds me of the 1960s! Hope they get what they deserve. No more AI stealin’ their thunder. #HollywoodLaborFight

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ShowbizInsider July 15, 2023 - 8:10 am

Lights, camera, strike! Hollywood actors joinin’ forces with writers. This ain’t no small deal. Studios gonna feel the heat, baby. Let’s see who blinks first. #HollywoodDrama

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DramaQueen25 July 15, 2023 - 10:04 am

Hollywood strikes r makin’ waves! actors & writers unitin’ 4 fair pay & respect. No more workin’ 4 pennies while CEOs swim in $$. Hope this strike changes the game, hun!

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