A memo sent to members of the Screen Actors Guild on Thursday outlines the many types of work banned during the union’s strike
No acting or singing or stunts. No interviews to promote movies or shows.
With the leadership of the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) announcing that the union will strike at midnight Thursday, its 160,000 members have been given instructions on what is and is not allowed.
In a memo signed Thursday by union president Fran Drescher and national executive director and chief negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, SAG-AFTRA members were instructed “to cease providing all services and carrying out all work under the TV -/theatrical contracts falls” as soon as the strike begins. .
According to the memo, that “chapter of camera work” includes acting, singing, dancing, performing stunts, flying planes on camera, puppetry, and performance capture or motion capture work.
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In other words, all work on TV shows and movies comes to a halt, resulting in a complete shutdown of production.
Off-camera work that is prohibited includes re-recording dialogue, voice acting, narration and stunt coordination.
Promoting new projects, including tours, personal appearances, and attending premieres and screenings, is also not allowed. (Though the strike doesn’t start until midnight on Thursday, the cast of Oppenheimer left the London premiere early after the press conference announcing the strike.) Interviews are also off the table, as are podcast appearances and social media promotion.
Also banned: award campaigns, such as appearances at consideration events, meaning the recently nominated Emmy contenders can’t promote their work.
Fans who were excited to see their favorite stars at events like Comic-Con will also be disappointed to learn that actors can’t appear at conventions, fan shows, or festivals to represent “any project made under the TV/theatrical agreement to promote. Crabtree-Ireland said this on Thursday at a press conference announcing the strike.
The memo also clearly states that members “must not cross SAG-AFTRA picket lines,” though exceptions will be made for “untouched work.”
Members must also “instruct their agent and/or other representatives to cease negotiating on their behalf with the studios, streamers and networks for covered services,” the note said.
So is Allowed? Events such as signing signatures “or things unrelated to specific companies or projects produced under these agreements” are allowed, Crabtree-Ireland said at the press conference. He urged members who were unsure whether something was allowed to contact leadership.
SAG-AFTRA members voted to strike after contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) fell through.
“I honestly can’t believe how far apart we are on so many points,” Drescher said in a fiery speech at Thursday’s press conference. In negotiations with the AMPTP, SAG-AFTRA has aimed, among other things, for wage and residual increases, higher ceilings on pension and health insurance premiums and regulation of the use of artificial intelligence.
Hollywood execs “advocate poverty that they are losing money left and right while giving hundreds of millions of dollars to their CEOs. It’s disgusting. They should be ashamed. They are on the wrong side of history at this point. We stand in solidarity in unprecedented unity,” Drescher said.
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In a statement Thursday, the AMPTP said, according to ABC News: “We are deeply disappointed that SAG-AFTRA has decided to stop negotiations. This is the Union’s choice, not ours. residual increases, significantly higher caps on pension and health insurance contributions, audition protection, shorter series option periods, a groundbreaking AI proposal that protects actors’ digital likenesses, and more.”
“Instead of continuing to negotiate, SAG-AFTRA has set us on a course that will exacerbate financial hardship for thousands who depend on industry for their livelihoods. There are 160,000 members of SAG-AFTRA and more than 11,000 members of the Writers Guild of America.”
Drescher said in a Q&A with members of the press that she was open to talks with AMPTP again that evening.
This is SAG-AFTRA’s first strike in over 40 years. They join the Writers Guild of America, whose members have been on strike since May.
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