SAG-AFTRA negotiations ended for the day, with the studios and the union planning to continue working on a deal to end the 107-day strike.
It is not yet clear when the next negotiating session will be held, as negotiators are still working on the timetable. The union submitted its final response on Saturday, and is awaiting a response from the studios.
Carole Lombardini, CEO of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, represented the studios at Saturday’s session, as the four previously involved studio CEOs were not present.
The AMPTP has met in four of the past five days with union leadership, with both sides feeling pressure to reach a resolution.
There has been some optimism about progress at some points over the past few days, but there has also been a fair amount of frustration.
The union sent out a routine reminder Saturday morning to its members about the upcoming sit-in. The schedule includes a “united sit-in” at Disney on Wednesday, November 1. This will be the 111th day of the strike, and pickets will be canceled at all other studio locations on that day.
The guild also plans to hold a Halloween-themed “Solidarity Screamfest” on Tuesday. Notably, the guild warned members against dressing up as characters from studio-backed projects, as this could be interpreted as promoting “striking work.”
SAG-AFTRA is seeking significant raises across the board to keep up with inflation, as well as a new system to pay actors on streaming shows. The union also wants first-of-its-kind protections against the use of artificial intelligence to create “digital doubles.”
Major studios have warned that without an agreement in the next few days, the current scripted television season may have to be cancelled. Last week, several films were postponed, including “Snow White” and the upcoming “Mission: Impossible” sequel. Studios fear more will follow unless an agreement is reached soon.
More than 4,600 SAG-AFTRA members signed an open letter this week to express their support for the union’s leadership. The letter stated that members would rather remain on strike than “surrender” to a bad deal.
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