Scriptwriters and Actors Strike in Hollywood
Scriptwriters and actors in the United States film and television industry are facing a crisis as negotiations between the actors union and the association of producers and Hollywood studios have failed. If a new agreement is not reached, the industry will experience its first simultaneous strike by both screenwriters and actors since 1960. The current leader of the union, Fran Drescher, expressed disappointment in the studios’ response to their proposals and stated that there is a need for good faith talks to reach an agreement.
Deadline and Tensions
A new deadline for negotiations was set for July 12, after discussions were postponed due to the national holiday in the United States. However, tensions arose as the parties entrenched themselves in their positions and there was a lack of intention to negotiate towards an agreement. Previous agreements were reached, such as residual payments for actors and matters of pensions, health, and artificial intelligence, but the writers’ strike and potential actors’ strike would greatly impact the film and television sector and the economy of California.
The film and television industry in the United States provides millions of jobs and billions of dollars in wages. Productions around the world have accelerated their shooting pace to avoid the effects of the strikes, but some have already experienced disruptions. The strike seemed inevitable when thousands of actors signed a letter expressing their preparedness for a strike and concern for the sacrifices union members may have to make. The Writers Guild of America went on strike in May after failing to reach an agreement for the renewal of their collective bargaining agreement.
The strike has already impacted the filming of series and live programs, and it remains to be seen how it will affect the awards season and the release of upcoming films. The power of the unions in the industry is evident as the municipality of Los Angeles has expressed strong support for the screenwriters and called for the studios to negotiate and end the strike.