Negotiations Between Studios, SAG-AFTRA Suspended

  • Negotiations between Hollywood studios and SAG-AFTRA, the actors’ union, have been suspended.
  • On Wednesday, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said the gap between the two sides is “too great.”
  • Over 160,000 union members of SAG-AFTRA started striking on July 14.

Negotiations between SAG-AFTRA, the striking actors’ union, and Hollywood studios have been suspended, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, or AMPTP, said Wednesday.

“After meaningful conversations, it is clear that the gap between the AMPTP and SAG-AFTRA is too great, and conversations are no longer moving us in a productive direction,” the AMPTP said in a short statement.

Over 160,000 union members of SAG-AFTRA started striking on July 14, joining a writers’ strike that began on May 2. 

Demands from the two unions stemmed from issues brought about by the rise of streaming, including shorter TV seasons, as well as fewer and lower residual payments, Insider’s Reed Alexander and Alison Brower reported in July.

The strikes hit Hollywood hard with late-night television shows going dark and production halted for almost all films and TV series, including high-profile shows like the fifth and final season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and Marvel’s “Blade.”

The Writer’s Guild of America came to a tentative agreement with Hollywood studios on September 24. The union voted to ratify the agreement on Monday.

The AMPTP and SAG-AFTRA did not immediately respond to requests from Insider for further comment.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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