Actors from Hollywood, the world’s largest film industry, staged a sit-in outside studio headquarters from California to New York on Friday. The strike is being described as the biggest Hollywood strike in decades, bringing film and television production to a standstill.
Hundreds of strikers marched with placards at the Netflix building on Los Angeles’ famous Sunset Boulevard, as well as the Disney, Paramount, Warner and Amazon campuses.
Elsewhere in New York, Jason Sudeikis and Susan Sarandon were among the protesters. The protests of these protesters have started due to refusal of the studio owners to meet the demands of actors for better pay and job security.
“The studios are deaf and greedy, and they need to wake up because we’re the ones who made them rich, “During a march outside of Paramount Pictures, Frances Fisher, who starred in the classic “Titanic,” stated.
Meanwhile, members of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation (SAG-AFTRA) have joined the ranks of scriptwriters who have been on strike for weeks. The move sparked the first such widespread walkout movement in the 63-year history of the Hollywood industry and effectively shut down Hollywood.
“We’ve been out here for about 80 days,” noted American filmmaker Marta Kaufman, co-creator of “Friends,” said in a statement.
The reality is that the SAG-AFTRA strike has provided a lot of energy and shown incredible solidarity.”
The actors officially went on strike at midnight on Thursday after negotiations to reach a new contract with production studios ended without an agreement. The union’s demands have actually focused attention on declining pay in the streaming era and the threat posed by artificial intelligence.
The famous 44-year-old American actress Vera Charney, who played a role in the famous Hollywood films “The Americans” and “For All Man Kind”, said on this occasion, “We are on this long journey, but this It is a historic moment. It’s time to end the contracts that will do to future generations of actors what was done in the 1960s.”
In 1980, an actor’s union in America went on strike for more than three months against the introduction of “pay television and home video.” This time, the union claims that streaming has “severely compromised” the performers’ remuneration.” by streaming. The Actors’ Union has warned that artificial intelligence is “an existential threat”.
SAG-AFTRA New York local president and actor Ezra Knight said AI “threatens to take real actors out of the creative space.”
“We want to set boundaries for that, we want consent, and we want to be able to allow for that,” he said.
The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) says it had proposed a big pay rise for actors and a comprehensive AI proposal.
SAG-AFTRA, which represents 60,000 artists, including Hollywood’s top actors, and the Writers Guild of America (WGA) have demanded increases in pay and dues, as well as guarantees that artificial intelligence will not replace actors.