A Hollywood Strike could now be in the cards after the Screen Actors Guild rejected the latest offer from Hollywood studios. The sitting board for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) was given a contract offer by producers, with the expectation that this would be the final offer placed in front of Hollywood’s actors in order to avoid a potential strike. Now, no contract has been reached, and it really looks like SAG is heading down the road to go on strike, and potentially cripple the Hollywood industry once again.
At stake here, has been the fact that the last contract between the Screen Actors Guild and Hollywood Producers had expired, and a lot of talks had been going on to try and fix where things were heading. Working without a contract is not something that the SAG has been wanting to do, but they have continued to stay at work, even though they haven’t been able to keep Hollywood’s producers at the tables long enough to talk out an agreeable contract. Not only is this a bad thing for the actors and actresses who are working under the assumption that better days are ahead in contract talks, but this could be horrible for the industry as a whole.
If the dispute between the SAG and the Producers isn’t figured out very soon, it could lead to a complete shutdown of production on movies, TV shows, and everything else that the SAG participates in. The guild definitely holds a lot of power in the industry, but always has worked under contracts that stated things like how much people should be paid at a minimum to how many hours they can be “worked”. The current problems are surrounding pay raises for the lower end of the acting spectrum and an argument over how movies and TV shows are being distributed through new media like the internet and handheld devices.
According to CNN and SAG, 73 percent of those who voted on the agreement from SAG, stated that the recent contract offer wasn’t worth signing, and that the time has almost come to go on strike. The industry may be having its own problems inside, but it is questionable whether the American public is going to actually support SAG if they do decide to walk off the lot. With the struggling economy, many look in on the expenses that Hollywood already has, and considers that the actors and everyone else already gets paid too much. That is one of the questions that will tug at this agreement coming into place, but things are looking even bleaker with each day.
Source: CNN SAG Talks