Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Strike evaded a deal between filming and television companies, studios

LOS ANGELES (AP) – An 11-hour deal was struck Saturday that prevented a film and television strike that would have left around 60,000 behind-the-scenes workers from their jobs and froze production in Hollywood and across the US.

After several days of marathon negotiations, representatives of the International Theater Workers Alliance and from the studios and entertainment companies that employ them have been awarded a three-year contract before the strike deadline on Monday.to avoid a major setback for an industry that has just returned to work after extended shutdowns due to the pandemic.

Jarrid Gonzalez, a spokesman for the Film and TV Producers Alliance that represents studios and other entertainment companies in the negotiations, confirmed the agreement to the Associated Press.

Union members still have to vote to approve the preliminary agreement.

“It’s good that @IATSE stands his ground. And don’t forget that we are always ready to help you when you need us. ”- Comedian, actor and writer. Patton Oswalt said on Twitter

Another actor, comedian and writer, Yvette Nicole Brown, tweeted “#UnionStrong!” along with a link to the agreement article.

The effect of the strike would be immediate: not only long-term productions, but also daily TV series, including network talk shows, film crews quit their jobs.

The union represents filmmakers, cameramen, set designers, carpenters, hairdressers, makeup artists and many others.

Union members said previous contracts allowed their employers to force them to work overtime and deny them reasonable rest through lunch breaks and sufficient breaks between shifts. Leaders said the lowest paid crafts received obscene wages, and streaming channels including Netflix, Apple, and Amazon were allowed to work even harder with them for less money.

The details of the new contracts were not disclosed immediately.

The union reported on Oct. 4 that its members voted overwhelmingly to authorize the strike, sparking industry concerns, but negotiations between the IATSE and AMPTP resumed immediately.

The deadline for Monday’s strike was set on Wednesday, when negotiations stalled, but the union said subsequent negotiations were productive.

It would be the first nationwide strike in IATSE’s 128-year history to affect not only Los Angeles and New York, but growing manufacturing centers such as Georgia, New Mexico and Colorado.

During the negotiations, many well-known names in the entertainment industry spoke out in favor of the union’s demands, including Octavia Spencer, Mindy Kaling and Jane Fonda. The Directors Guild of America has also issued a Statement of Solidarity signed by the likes of Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Barry Jenkins, Ron Howard and Ava Duvernay.


AP Film writer Lindsey Bar contributed to the story from Pittsburgh.


Follow AP Entertainment Writer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton

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