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Hollywood 'in a de facto strike'
Topic Started: Jun 29 2008, 04:04 AM (2,157 Views)
Rick
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Studios: Hollywood 'in a de facto strike'
43 minutes ago

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - US production studios warned Monday that Hollywood's entertainment industry "is now in a de facto strike" after they presented a final offer to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) as a labor contract was set to expire at midnight.

"Our industry is now in a de facto strike, with film production virtually shut down and television production now seriously threatened," the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) said in a statement.

The AMPTP said it presented its "final offer" to SAG, the main union of US movie and television actors, on Monday after 42 days of negotiations on a new labor contract between the two sides.

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Hollywood producers make final offer to actors
By RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer


LOS ANGELES - Hollywood producers said they made a final offer to actors Monday hours before the current labor contract was to expire, but the Screen Actors Guild responded by saying the offer failed to address some key areas.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said the offer was worth more than $250 million in additional compensation to members of the guild over the three years of the proposed contract.

The current pact was to expire at 12:01 a.m. PDT Tuesday, but both sides said they would continue to work under the old contract after the deadline passes.

"In short, our final offer to SAG represents a final hope for avoiding further work stoppages and getting everyone back to work," the alliance said in a statement. The alliance said film production had been "virtually shut down" because of uncertainty about a deal.

The AMPTP will meet with guild representatives Wednesday afternoon to explain the offer, but will not entertain counterproposals, alliance spokesman Jesse Hiestand said.

The guild said it would prepare a formal response once it analyzes the 43-page offer. However, SAG's chief negotiator, executive director Doug Allen, immediately criticized it.

"This offer does not appear to address some key issues important to actors," he said in a statement.

For example, residual payments to actors for reruns of productions that were made only for the Internet were "incalculable," he said, adding it would "mean the beginning of the end of residuals."

The offer, made less than five months after the 100-day writers strike, was in line with deals cut with directors and writers guilds, as well as the tentative deal reached in May with the smaller actors union, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, both sides said.

The guild, however, has waged an all-out campaign against the AFTRA deal, which some 70,000 members were asked to ratify.

SAG, which represents 120,000 actors in movies, TV and other media, shares 44,000 dual members with AFTRA, which includes actors, singers, announcers and journalists.

Results are due July 8.

The guild has said the AFTRA deal left many areas for improvement, including residual payments for DVD sales, advertising weaved into scripts and compensation for Internet content.

That position suggested SAG would turn down the producers' final offer, said Jonathan Handel, a former lawyer for the Writers Guild of America.

"SAG says it's reviewing the offer, but in fact what we can expect is a thorough rejection," Handel said. "This really is a situation where we're looking at a bit of a stalemate."

AFTRA declined to comment.

The dispute has split actors who have taken sides between the warring unions.

Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey and others have urged support of the AFTRA deal, arguing that doing otherwise could result in a painful repeat of the writers strike, which ended in February and is estimated to have caused more than $2 billion in economic damage.

Jack Nicholson, Josh Brolin, Holly Hunter and others support SAG's tactics, saying AFTRA should return to the bargaining table to get a better deal.

"I hope that cool heads prevail and that people get a chance to work," Ron Perlman told Associated Press Television at the weekend premiere of "Hellboy II: The Golden Army." "I'm hoping and praying that they find some middle ground."

Will Ferrell told AP Television last week that a strike would be unfortunate.

"I don't think anyone wants to have to deal with a strike or go on strike, but if that's what has to be done, that's what has to be done," he said.

In the AMPTP statement Monday, the producers warned of the damage of another walkout, saying a work stoppage would cost SAG members $2.5 million in wages every day.

Other labor groups in the industry would lose $13.5 million, while the California economy would take a daily $23 million hit, it said.

"With each passing day after June 30, there will be less work for those whose livelihoods depend on our industry," the statement said.

Edited by Rick, Jun 30 2008, 11:38 PM.
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Rick
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Would this would hurt soaps too since a lot of Daytime members are in SAG & AFTRA?

Can you imagine what the soaps will be like if they could only use non SAG actors? All teens and model turned actors.
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NavJLee8785
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yes it woulld hurt...but honestly...can soaps be hurt more than what it already is hurting now?
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The production companies that own these soaps really should make a preemptive, temporary deal with SAG so that they can continue to operate. Because if they're not able to produce shows, then every single soap, I would think, will be in deep trouble of having the kibosh put on them.

There were independent deals made during the writer's strike so that companies could continue using their writers and so on and so forth (David Letterman's company springs to mind), so I don't see why the soap production companies couldn't do the same.
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My guess is that SAG would allow Soap actors to continue to work considering the state of soaps. Face it soaps employ and provide steady work for alot of actors.
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cjknick
Jun 29 2008, 08:55 AM
My guess is that SAG would allow Soap actors to continue to work considering the state of soaps. Face it soaps employ and provide steady work for alot of actors.
I actually don't expect this at all. I think that SAG doesn't care what state the soaps are in. I would be shocked if they allowed soap actors to continue working if there is a strike...
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Drew
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after the horrible writers strike, and the billions lost, and the total mess it made of the TV season, why can they not just give them the DVD/Net royalties and move on.
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Manny
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You know, I think that's what will happen.. I don't think they can afford another messed up season with those huge losses...
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My guess is based on this quote from the article
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AFTRA struck its own deal with the studios last month, and assuming its 70,000 members ratify their TV contract, a handful of shows produced under that labor deal, including "Til Death" and "Rules of Engagement," could continue during a SAG strike.


If soaps are produced under AFTRA and this contract is ratified, the performers would be obligated to work as AFTRA members.
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This would be the death knell for soaps.They are already on their way out as an enternment medium.I expect an actors strike to rush the demise
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Mason


Daytime (and scripted TV in general) can't handle another strike so soon after the WGA strike.
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Thanks for posting.

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Rick
Jun 29 2008, 04:04 AM

AFTRA struck its own deal with the studios last month, and assuming its 70,000 members ratify their TV contract, a handful of shows produced under that labor deal, including "Til Death" and "Rules of Engagement," could continue during a SAG strike.

The AFTRA deal is set for a ratification vote that comes to a close on July 8. Approval by AFTRA would undercut SAG's bargaining position as many AFTRA members also belong to SAG.
If "Til Death" and "Rules of Engagement" can continue production if a SAG strike happens because they are under AFTRA. Why wouldn't soaps be able too? Those actors on those shows would also be SAG/AFTRA members as well. I'm just confused about that.

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PhoenixRising05
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Good God I hope this doesn't happen but, if it does, I pray at least soaps work something out where they can avoid losing their actors.

Hollywood can handle this at all and I'm shocked and disappointed that they weren't for adamant about making a decision before things reached this point considering how the industry just got out of a lengthy strike.
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I'm this close to getting rid of my tv. I'm so sick of this crap! I don't watch much tv anyway, most dvd's. I'll just watch my soap on the net.
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is there a way we can find out which soap actors are part of SAG and which are aftra and which are both?
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Variety and the trades are reporting that everyone involved do not want another strike so soon to the writer's strike so hopefully, it will work out.
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Rick
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This could get ugly!

SAG Actors fighting with AFTRA actors and members of both guilds stuck in the middle.



Edited by Rick, Jun 30 2008, 11:19 PM.
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Rick
Jun 30 2008, 11:18 PM
This could get ugly!

SAG Actors fighting with AFTRA actors and members of both guilds stuck in the middle.



Greattttt...
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Rick
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Studios: Hollywood 'in a de facto strike'
43 minutes ago


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - US production studios warned Monday that Hollywood's entertainment industry "is now in a de facto strike" after they presented a final offer to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) as a labor contract was set to expire at midnight.

"Our industry is now in a de facto strike, with film production virtually shut down and television production now seriously threatened," the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) said in a statement.

The AMPTP said it presented its "final offer" to SAG, the main union of US movie and television actors, on Monday after 42 days of negotiations on a new labor contract between the two sides.

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