Hopes for a smooth resolution between the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and Hollywood studios were dashed early on Thursday, paving the way for a looming strike in the entertainment industry.
The national board of SAG-AFTRA is expected to make a decision later in the day regarding whether or not to proceed with a strike. If approved, actors would join forces with members of the Writers Guild of America, resulting in a further slowdown in production in Tinseltown.
SAG-AFTRA, represented by its president and “The Nanny” star Fran Drescher, expressed disappointment over the breakdown of negotiations. Drescher conveyed that the union had approached the discussions in good faith and sought a deal that adequately addressed the needs of performers.
However, the response from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to the union’s crucial proposals was deemed insulting and disrespectful, given the substantial contributions of actors to the industry.
The potential strike adds to the challenges faced by the entertainment sector, which has already been grappling with the impact of the pandemic on productions and release schedules.