Striking US actors are yet to reach agreement with studios after 115 days of picketing.
“This morning and negotiators formally responded to the AMPTP’s “Last, Best and Final” offer. Please know every member of our TV / Theatrical negotiating committee is determined to secure the right deal and thereby bring me a strike today and responsibly,” SAG-AFTRA has told its members.
“There are several essential items on which we still do not have an agreement, including AI. We will keep you informed as events unfold.”
Variety reports several SAG-AFTRA negotiating committee members have signalled their discontent with the offer on Twitter. Four of them of retweeted a call for high-profile actors to put pressure on studio CEOs to come back with a more favourable deal.
The AMPTP’s latest offer includes a success bonus for streaming shows, increases in minimum rates, and protections against artificial intelligence but the union also wants minimum pay rates for the use of AI to create digital likenesses, as well as ironclad consent requirements.
Deadline added SAG-AFTRA and the studios could be heading back to negotiations within hours.
The two sides are hoping to speak virtually later today and perhaps into the night.