Film and TV stars join picket line in struggle for Hollywood’s future

Los Angeles – “Ted Lasso” stars Jason Sudeikis, Rosario Dawson and other top film and TV actors joined the picket line Friday with screenwriters on the first day of a full day of Hollywood strikes Biggest Labor Struggle in Decades.

the day after the fight stopped production Across the entertainment industry, Sudeikis was among the picketers outside of NBC in New York following contract negotiations with studios and streaming services fell apart. Dawson, the star of the Rent and Star Wars TV series Ahsoka, joined the picketer in front of Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, California.

‘Lord of the Rings’ star Sean Astin marched with protesters outside Netflix’s offices in Hollywood. Netflix was also attended by Titanic and Unforgiven actor Frances Fisher and The Nanny star Fran Drescher, president of the Screen Actors Guild and Federation of Television and Radio Artists of America. .

The arrival of the actors revitalized the picket line outside Netflix, where music blared and sidewalks filled with demonstrators.

Elsewhere, “Once Upon a Time” actor Ginnifer Goodwin stood with protesters at Paramount Pictures.

famous faces oscar and Emmy The winner is likely to be seen regularly on picket lines in New York and Los Angeles, adding star power to demonstrations outside studios and corporate offices.

The strike is the first two-way strike between actors and actors. screenwriter After more than 60 years.

In recent weeks, many actors have expressed solidarity with the 11,500 writers who resigned in May.65,000 members of Actors Guild formally join Thursday participated in their strike.

The two guilds have similar issues with studios and streaming services. They are concerned whether contracts are keeping up with inflation. balance paymentcompensates creators and actors for using material beyond its original broadcast, including reruns and streaming services. Unions also want to put guardrails against the use of artificial intelligence to imitate union work in film and television.

Much of the picket line took aim at Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger, who said Wednesday that the damage the strike would do to the entertainment economy was “disappointing.”

Actor Sean Gunn, who starred in Guardians of the Galaxy, said, “When Bob Iger talks about how disappointing it is, in 1980, CEOs like him were the lowest earning workers. I think we need to remember that we were making 30 times as much.” ‘ said outside Netflix.

Now, Iger says, “I make 400 times as much as the lowest worker. And I think that’s a shame, Bob. And maybe you should look in the mirror and ask yourself, ‘Why? Will that happen?”

No talks are scheduled and no end to the work stoppage is in sight. It will be the first time both guilds have walked off the set since 1960, when actor Ronald Reagan was the leader of SAG.

“In 1960, what we won was health insurance and pensions, and the existence of a retainer. That was the most important strike in the history of the unions in Los Angeles, and now we are again We’re on strike together, and let’s be honest, this time it’s even bigger,” said Adam Conover, host of the TV series Adam Ruined Everything and a member of the Writers Guild. The negotiating committee said outside Netflix. “We’re going to win. He’s just over 70 days into the strike and if he has the same momentum as we do, he will win.”

Conover was one of many picketers, including Sudeikis, a member of both unions.

The Motion Picture and Television Producers Alliance, which represents employers such as Disney, Netflix and Amazon, laments that the strike will hurt thousands of workers in the industry that help make movies and television.

Actors’ strike will have more impact than filming. Stars will no longer be allowed to promote their work through red carpet premieres or personal appearances. They cannot participate in Emmy campaigns or attend auditions or rehearsals.

Following the strike, next week’s red carpet events for Zoe Saldanha and Nicole Kidman’s Special Ops: Lioness and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer have been cancelled.

The Haunted Mansion premiere event at Disneyland on Saturday was scheduled to go ahead as planned, but the actor didn’t show up to promote the film.

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass said it was clear the entertainment industry was “at a historic turning point.” He called on all parties to work around the clock until an agreement was reached.

“This affects us all and is vital to the economy as a whole,” Bass said in a statement.

Writers’ strikes have already halted much of the television production, and the actors’ strikes quickly led to productions of Deadpool 3, Gladiator 2 and Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible series. Many major films, including eight, have been canceled. . Both are slated for release next year.

The writers’ strike also shut down late-night talk shows and Saturday Night Live, as well as several scripted shows whose writers’ rooms were closed. Or stop production, Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’, Max’s ‘Hux’, Fox’s ‘Family Guy’ and more. Now that the performers have also withdrawn, more will follow them.


This story was corrected to correct misspellings of Jason Sudeikis’ last name and Ginnifer Goodwin’s first name.


Associated Press reporter Christa Faulia contributed.


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