Listen: Proposal faces Rejection.
George Clooney’s and A-lister’s $150 Million Proposal to SAG-AFTRA Faces Rejection
• The negotiating committee rejected the $150 million proposal from George Clooney and A-list actors to SAG-AFTRA.
• The proposal included removing the cap on dues and introducing a new residual structure.
• Negotiations between actors and studios abruptly ended on October 11 with no progress.
• Studios argued that the demands were too expensive, notably the union’s demand for a fee from streaming service subscribers.
• There is no end for the strike, as there have been no subsequent meetings since negotiations ended.
• This situation is unprecedented for SAG-AFTRA as they have never experienced such a prolonged strike before.
• Writers’ strike provides some hope, as negotiations eventually led to a tentative agreement after subsequent talks.
George Clooney and a group of A-list actors proposed SAG-AFTRA to resolve the ongoing actor strike. However, sources say the proposal did not resonate with the negotiating committee and may be dead on arrival.
The proposal included removing the cap on dues and implementing a new residual structure. The A-list actors are feeling dejected and are seeking mediation. SAG-AFTRA is expected to release a statement regarding the stalemate soon.
The group, which includes stars like Scarlett Johansson and Ben Affleck, has been discontented since talks broke down with the studios. They are searching for a way to jumpstart negotiations during this economically devastating strike.
Members of the negotiating committee have stated that the dues proposal is not directly related to the current negotiation issues. They appreciate the input but have worked on this for almost a year.
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, the union’s chief negotiator, expressed support for strike captains and stated that the union is open to member suggestions. He emphasized that having ideas does not indicate a lack of support or interference with the negotiating committee. He acknowledged the frustration surrounding the strike and the desire for a fair deal.
The A-listers’ failed attempt to restart negotiations highlights a larger issue with the guild’s negotiating committee. Some believe the committee’s thinking and strategy may need to be revised.
Overall, the ongoing strike has caused members to work multiple jobs, making it difficult for everyone to show up to picket. However, showing solidarity is important, especially for the dedicated strike captains.
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For the past 2 1/2 months, screenwriters have returned to work while actors continue to picket. Talks between the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and studios broke off abruptly on October 11, leaving the strike at its longest duration in history.
Negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and studios resumed on October 2 with hopes of reaching a deal. However, the talks were unproductive, resulting in no progress and several days without meetings. Studios ultimately ended the negotiations, stating that the actors’ demands were too expensive and the two sides were too far apart.
One of the major points of contention was the union’s demand for a fee from streaming service subscribers. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) claimed that SAG-AFTRA gave an ultimatum: agree to the fee proposal, or the strike will continue. The member companies argued that the fee would be an economic burden.
Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos expressed disappointment with the breakdown in negotiations, mentioning its impact on the industry’s momentum.
SAG-AFTRA leaders disputed the characterization of the fee as a tax on customers, noting that the executives wanted to shift to a subscriber-based model. They claimed to have made significant concessions during negotiations that the studios did not acknowledge or reciprocate.
Moving forward, there is no clear end for the actors’ strike. SAG-AFTRA members and leaders will continue rallying, picketing, and advocating for their demands until the studios resume talks. However, the union remains steadfast in their demands.
This strike is unprecedented for SAG-AFTRA, as they have never experienced such a prolonged strike. Both veteran and new union members are in uncharted territory.
While there have been previous actors’ strikes, they have been less frequent and shorter in duration compared to writers’ strikes.
The writers’ strike provides some hope for actors, as negotiations initially failed but eventually led to a tentative agreement after subsequent talks.
The future remains uncertain, but the actors’ determination remains steadfast as they navigate this critical crossroads.