Oct. 12 (UPI) — Contract negotiations between major Hollywood studios and the union representing actors have come to a halt, with the studios claiming that the two sides are too far apart to proceed.
The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the major studios, stated on Wednesday that the negotiation gap with the SAG-AFTRA union was “too great and conversations are no longer moving us in a productive direction.”
The AMPTP revealed that they presented an offer similar to the one that ended the writer’s strike on September 27.
SAG-AFTRA, which represents 160,000 performers and has been on strike since July 14, accused the AMPTP of using “bullying tactics.”
“We have negotiated with them in good faith, despite the fact that last week they presented an offer that was, shockingly, worth less than they proposed before the strike began,” stated SAG-AFTRA in a statement on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
In their most recent offer, the AMPTP included provisions for pay raises and protection regarding the use of artificial intelligence, among other issues. However, SAG-AFTRA claimed that the AMPTP refused to counter their latest offer and walked away from the negotiations.
“These companies refuse to protect performers from being replaced by AI, they refuse to increase your wages to keep up with inflation, and they refuse to share a tiny portion of the immense revenue YOUR work generates for them,” expressed the union on X.
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