Listen: SAG AFTRA and Studios Continue Talks
SAG-AFTRA and Studios Continue Talks After Brief Halloween Meeting–Continue Talks on Wednesday
• On Tuesday, SAG-AFTRA and Studios resumed talks after a brief break for the Halloween festivities, with discussions set to continue into Wednesday.
• Effectively addressing issues related to the 160,000+ members of SAG-AFTRA is taking longer than expected.
• A memo from SAG-AFTRA expressed acknowledgment of productive talks but stressed remaining gaps on key issues.
• Christopher Meloni and AFL-CIO president Liz Shuler joined picket lines in support of SAG-AFTRA, donning Halloween costumes that did not portray characters from major studio productions in accordance with strike rules.
The Actors Guild and Studios are working towards resolving crucial issues before ending the strike. Talks resumed on Tuesday after a break for Halloween festivities, with discussions set to continue on Wednesday.
While today’s meeting ended early to accommodate Halloween plans, insiders reveal that the AMPTP representatives and SAG-AFTRA negotiating committee spent Tuesday in breakout sessions, addressing specific concerns related to actors.
As SAG-AFTRA represents over 160,000 members from various performance disciplines, such as singers, dancers, stuntmen, and puppeteers, negotiating terms for each group takes time. Despite progress made in recent talks, industry insiders expect several more days of negotiations.
In a memo to members, SAG-AFTRA expressed a similar sentiment on Monday, acknowledging the productive talks while emphasizing the remaining gaps on key issues.
Meanwhile, SAG-AFTRA members, including Christopher Meloni from “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” demonstrated their support on picket lines, wearing Halloween costumes. AFL-CIO president Liz Shuler also joined the picket lines in New York City.
Although the guild shared pictures of the costumed picketers on social media, none of the costumes depicted characters from major studio productions due to strike rules, which were humorously portrayed in a recent “Saturday Night Live” sketch.