June 17, 2024

How to Support Actors and Writers During the SAG-AFTRA and WGA Strikes

  • The actors’ union SAG-AFTRA went on strike Friday, joining the ongoing WGA writers’ strike.
  • You can support actors and writers who are on strike by donating to the hardship funds that help entertainment workers.
  • Streaming TV shows or going to a movie at the theater is not considered crossing the picket line.

Actors in Hollywood’s SAG-AFTRA union went on strike Friday, joining thousands of writers who have been on strike since May — here’s how you can support these workers as they halt their careers to protest wages, the threat of AI, and other issues.

One of the most impactful things an average person can do to support both SAG-AFTRA actors and WGA writers, who are striking against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (which represents the Hollywood companies) is to donate to help them end the labor action.

Union members cannot continue to work while on strike, so the organizations have funds to help provide financial assistance to struggling actors and writers.

SAG-AFTRA links to the Emergency Financial Assistance and Disaster Relief Fund on its websitealthough WGA The Goodness and Welfare of Emergency Assistance Loans for Writers. The IS Community Entertainment Fund also helping those on strike.

Adam Conover, WGA member said the Washington Post that supporters can also post on social media to support members of the two unions on strike.

Neither union asked supporters to stop streaming their favorite shows or going to movie theaters — they don’t consider such popular activities to be crossing the picket line, the Washington Post reported.

The actors’ union has said, however, that it considers an up-and-coming content creator or actor in a position that would normally be filled by a union member to be crossing the picket line.

And if they fill those roles, it may come back to bite them in the future.

“Any person who is not a future member of SAG-AFTRA who performs covered services for a company struck during the strike will not be admitted to membership in SAG-AFTRA,” outlines the union’s strike notice.

There is also special guidelines for social media influencers, who are getting bigger important to Hollywood marketing campaigns.

Although the writers’ strike halted development and production for the most part, especially in Los Angeles and New York, some film and television footage was able to continue. Without actors, even those sets have gone dark, and stars are no longer promoting their projects on red carpets or in morning show interviews.

“Barbenheimer” miscarried this weekend, opening the Mattel-led “Barbie” – in which Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling led a huge marketing blitz before the departure of the actors – and Hollywood is ahead of the historic pic “Oppenheimer”, due to the results of the box office, as the totals this summer are closing in on the numbers of 2022.

SAG-AFTRA and the WGA have many concerns — including declining residual payments in the age of streaming and the threat of AI — but they also have separate demands.

Although some industry observers hope that the dual-strike measure could pressure the AMPTP to speed up a resolution. Others have said the sides are so far apart that this work stoppage could surpass the 100-day WGA strike of 2007-8, which cost the California economy an estimated $2 billion.

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