While I don’t claim to understand all the intricacies of the situation, it looks like the Screen Actor’s Guild strike that has been brewing since last year is suddenly on everyone’s mind again as the deadline draws closer with no resolution in sight. According to Variety, talks broke down with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on the weekend, and now SAG plans to vote on whether or not they should authorize their board to call a strike sometime in the near future. Is Hollywood willing to risk throwing the entertainment industry into chaos once again?
It’s hard to say at the moment how this will play out. Certainly the current economic crisis doesn’t make it an ideal time for such a move. The strike could happen as early as January, which would mean that the Golden Globe Awards would probably be shut down for the second straight year, and possibly the Academy Awards in February as well. The current sticking point in the negotiations seems to be the residuals for actors on DVD sales. SAG was reportedly willing to let new media kickbacks slide, if the AMPTP raised the residuals for DVDs. That was a no go. Either way, I’m pretty sure the general public is sick of hearing about stuff like this, and if actors decide to go on strike, it’s going to be pretty easy for producers to paint them as greedy spoiled brats. Considering that the lack of big movies this fall/winter is a direct result of the writer’s strike, I really hope we don’t have to go through this whole thing all over again.