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Meryl Streep and others threaten to strike as talks break down
June 30, 2023
Tensions rise in Hollywood as esteemed actors such as Meryl Streep, Keke Palmer, Chelsea Handler, Liam Neeson and other prominent stars unite in a crucial move.
The entertainment industry holds its breath as these influential voices alert Hollywood studios that the status quo is no longer acceptable. The battle for fair contracts is now in focus, and the outcome will reshape the future of the industry.
Hollywood’s A-list stars are threatening to scuttle contract negotiations
The esteemed award-winning stars joined forces with more than 300 actors in a unified coalition. They jointly signed a letter addressed to the SAG-AFTRA Executive and Bargaining Committee as a deadline. contract with Hollywood Studios.
Based on Rolling stonethe letter was a direct response to a video posted by SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher, who expressed optimism about the ongoing negotiations, calling them “extremely productive.”
Drescher assured members that leadership was “focused on all the key issues that you said were most important to you,” adding, “We’re standing strong and we’re going to get a basic agreement.”
But the coalition expressed concern in a response letter, saying SAG-AFTRA members may be willing to make sacrifices that leadership may not consider “amid an unprecedented inflection point in our industry.”
The actor expresses his concern, emphasizing that what was considered acceptable in previous years is no longer enough, as the compensation and creative freedom of talents is constantly decreasing.
They further stated, “We feel that our wages, our craft, our creative freedom, and the power of our union have all been undermined over the past decade. We have to turn these trajectories around.”
The prominent group of actors who signed the letter include: Fred Armisen, Kevin Bacon, J. Smith Cameron, Neve Campbell, Glenn Close, Ariana DeBose, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David Duchovny, Beanie Feldstein and Chelsea Handler.
Also included are Neil Patrick Harris, Riley Keough, John Leguizamo, Dan Levy, Ron Livingston, Eva Longoria, Natasha Lyonne, Rami Malek and many more. They clarified that they are ready to “strike if it comes to that”, they don’t want to, as it “brings incredible hardship to many and no one wants it”.
The aggrieved actors highlighted several critical issues in their letter, including concerns about minimum salary thresholds, pensions, streaming residuals, health care and regulation of self-casting agents.
Addressing the issue of artificial intelligence, the group stressed the importance of not settling for “half-assed benefits”, expressing their belief that it is crucial to ensure fair compensation now, not later.
They stressed: “We believe it is vital that this trial not only protects our likenesses, but also ensures that we are properly compensated if any of our work is used to train artificial intelligence.”
They also clarified their refusal to compromise on their “fundamental points”, expressing their preference for a strike. The coalition of actors noted that accepting inadequate terms would undermine their position and significantly reduce leverage in future employment contracts.
The looming labor dispute comes after the Writers Guild of America went on strike on May 1 after unsuccessful negotiations over a new contract. This recent development has apparently also affected the TV series and movies, including a possible “Spider-Man 4.”
Tom Holland Reveals Spider-Man 4 Talks Scuttled By Writers’ Strike
Although fans were excited when the English actor hinted at the possibility of a fourth installment in the beloved franchise, it seems that the ongoing writers’ strike has put a stop to those plans.
Updated during the premiere of “The Crowded Room” on Apple TV+ About the progress of Peter Parker’s next adventure. While expressing his excitement, Holland revealed that he was unable to reveal much due to the strike, but confirmed that they had “met” about a possible fourth film.
However, the meetings were suspended to support the strike. The “Wolf Hall” star said: “There have been several conversations, but right now it’s very, very early.”
During the premiere of “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” producer Amy Pascal expressed her enthusiasm to make another film in the franchise. He also acknowledged the impact of the writer’s strike and explained:
– We are in progress, but the writer’s strike, no one works during the strike. We are all fans and when they come together we start.”