Talks between Hollywood studios and actors’ union negotiators SAG-AFTRA They were suspended yesterday after the union’s latest proposal, presented on Wednesday.
SAG-AFTRA, Hollywood’s largest union – representing 160,000 television and film performers – He left filming on July 14 demanding higher base salaries and residual payment for television in streamingas well as restrictions on the use of artificial intelligence in entertainment.
Last Wednesday, the union presented a final proposal that included an “audience bonus” for actors who, according to the Alliance of Film and Television Producers (AMPTP) -which represents studios such as Walt Disney or Netflix- “would cost more than $800 million a year, which would create an unsustainable economic burden.”
On issues such as across-the-board pay increases, high-budget video-on-demand residuals, and audience bonuses, AMPTP offered the same terms ratified by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Writers Guild of America (WGA), but According to the producers’ version, the actors rejected it.
This week, screenwriters approved a new three-year contract with the big studios, five months after their union called a strike. The new contract provides for salary increases, some protections around the use of artificial intelligence and other advantages. The AMPTP said yesterday that it hopes the actors’ union will reconsider its position and return to “productive negotiations” soon.