The actors will remain on strike for now. Negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP have been suspended after over a week of what was previously thought to be civil, productive talks.
The AMPTP said in a statement late on October 11 that following the guild’s most recent proposal, the sides are too far apart.
“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 statement. “SAG-AFTRA’s current offer included what it characterized as a viewership bonus that, by itself, would cost more than $800 million per year – which would create an untenable economic burden. SAG-AFTRA presented few, if any, moves on the numerous remaining open items.”
SAG-AFTRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Both sides had met on five instances across the last eight workdays, and CEOs from the studios were also present in talks. Reports trickled out earlier in the day however that talks did not go as smoothly as before.
The AMPTP included a bulleted list of all of its latest proposals, which included a success-based residual for streaming projects (something the WGA also negotiated), “the highest percentage increase in minimums in 35 years,” guardrails on self-taped auditions, wage increases for stunt performers, and more.
On the issue of AI, the studios said they offered SAG-AFTRA “advance consent” for performers and background actors on creating and using digital replica, that a digital replica can’t be made without written consent as described for use in the film, that the AI double can’t be used again later unless specifically agreed to and is compensated, and “digital alteration” of an actor’s performance wouldn’t be permitted without consent.
The studios said the proposals on more common issues were the ones offered to the DGA and WGA, but SAG-AFTRA rejected these. SAG-AFTRA initially demanded 11 percent wage increases in minimums, and both of the other sister guilds ultimately settled to just a 5 percent increase in the first year.
“We hope that SAG-AFTRA will reconsider and return to productive negotiations soon,” the studios’ statement concludes.
More to come…