Actors Go On Strike?

The Screen Actors Guild, also known as SAG, met with the Writers Guild of America, also known as WGA, to discuss the details of becoming a united front against the production studios. SAG and WGA will work together to get their demands met when they go in for contract negotiations with the studio heads later this year and early next year.

Both unions are coming to an end of their contracts and have needs that need to be addressed before they will renew the contracts. I have never even entertained the idea of actors actually going on strike but the word is quickly spreading that that is exactly what will happen if SAG and WGA cannot reach an agreement with the studios.

So what are some of the SAG and WGA demands that aren’t yet met? It mostly revolves around the popularity of the internet. Actors and writers are missing out on a lot of income generated by new media formats changing the way that entertainment is delivered. They have no cut on the action, so to speak.

So how will SAG and WGA show themselves as a united front against the production studios? The Writers Guild of America’s contract expires in October of 2007. If the production studios and the WGA cannot meet an agreement before that time not only will the WGA strike but SAG will also be involved in the strike. Hollywood observers are stating that it doesn’t look like the WGA and the production companies are going to reach an agreement before the deadline and we know what that would mean: SAG and WGA strike.

A strike would mean that anyone that is part of either the SAG or the WGA unions would stop working for as long as the strike is in effect. That would mean that absolutely no scripts would be written and absolutely no filming of anything would take place. I’m sure people like Jay Leno and his writers are part of both of these unions, imagine no taping of the Tonight Show. This would be huge! This news is already having an impact on upcoming movie productions such as the X-Files sequel.

I do agree with the premise that due to the ever changing technology surrounding the way that movies and TV shows are viewed, SAG and WGA need to renegotiate what their revenue streams will look like. I think that the production studios also realize this and if they are smart they will reach an agreement with both unions as soon as possible.

3 thoughts on “Actors Go On Strike?

  1. Orikinla Osinachi

    As an actor, producer and scriptwriter, I support both the SAG and WGA and as stated above, their agitations are right and so they deserve all their entitlements from all media of distribution for their screenplays and movies from the box office and online.

    No SAG and no WGA, no movies and no show.

    If the greedy studios decide to use non-union outlets, they will crash.

    Cheers and God bless.

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  2. Nils

    It is not just the studios they are up against. Think Viacom. Think Sony. These are huge companies that can outlast writers and actors put together. While they “wait it out” the working people of the motion picture and television world will lose houses and families will be crushed with surmounting financial troubles.

    This is not just something that shows up on the television. This is peoples lives..

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  3. TONY GUASTELLA

    THINK ABOUT IT ! WORK OUT THE CONTRACTS WHILE EVERBODY IS WORKING ,DO NOT STRIKE! AND HURT ALL THE WORKING CLASS PEOPLE THAT MAKE THE FILM OR TV BIZ WORK. THE WRITERS STRIKE HURT ALOT OF FAMILIES , DO NOT STRIKE ! THINK ABOUT IT ! ALOT OF PEOPLE WILL LOOSE ,NOT THE STUDIOS ! DO NOT STRIKE ! THIS INDUSTRY IS VERY MUCH A PART OF L.A. MANY OUTSIDE COMPANIES WILL BE HURT ,AN CALIFORINA ECONOMY WILL BE EFFECTED .DO NOT STRIKE- DO NOT STRIKE ! TG LEADMAN TV SHOW NUMBERS

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