SAG-AFTRA Has Decided That Its Actors Will Go On Strike! HOLR Is Breaking Down The Details And What This Means For Your Favorite Movies And TV Shows

It has been confirmed that working actors will be joining the writers in their strike against major studios and executives.

SAG president and supporters surrounding a podium at a press conference announcing the actors' strike


SAG-AFTRA Is Officially On Strike

The Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) has been on strike since early May. Today it was announced that Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) would join them.

This strike, including both writers and actors, is the first of its kind in over sixty years. This decision comes after failed negotiations with The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) which represents employers such as Netflix, Disney, Amazon and more.

According to SAG-AFTRA, the main point of conflict is the undercut of both base and residual pay, (due to inflation and the streaming ecosystem) benefits, and the threat of unregulated use of artificial intelligence.

This unified strike will completely halt the entertainment industry. Indie Wire created an in-depth list of what actors are not allowed to participate in during this strike. Take a look:

“Principal on camera work such as:

  • Acting
  • Singing
  • Dancing
  • Performing stunts
  • Piloting on-camera aircraft
  • Puppeteering
  • Performance capture or motion capture work

Principal off camera work such as:

  • ADR/Looping
  • TV Trailers (promos) and Theatrical Trailers
  • Voice Acting
  • Singing
  • Narration, including audio descriptive services except as the services may be covered by another collective bargaining agreement referred in the Notice to Members Regarding Non-Struck Work
  • Stunt coordinating and related services
  • Background work
  • Stand-in work
  • Photo and/or body doubles
  • Fittings, wardrobe tests, and makeup tests
  • Rehearsals and camera tests
  • Scanning
  • Interviews and auditions (including via self-tape)

Promotion of/publicity services for work under the TV/Theatrical Contracts, such as:

  • Tours
  • Personal appearances
  • Interviews
  • Conventions
  • Fan expos
  • Festivals
  • For your consideration events
  • Panels
  • Premieres/screenings
  • Award shows
  • Junkets
  • Podcast appearances
  • Social media
  • Studio showcases

Negotiating and/or entering into and/or consenting to:

  • An agreement to perform covered services in the future
  • Any new agreement related to merchandising connected to a covered project
  • The creation and use of digital replicas, including through the reuse of prior work

And finally: performing on a trailer for a struck production or other ancillary content connected to a struck production.”

Soon us fans may run out of new content to enjoy, events like Comic-Con will have major panels canceled and projects that are close to done with production will be left unfinished. Will this pressure major studios to give into the guilds’ demands?

Published by HOLR Magazine