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Actors said they were making progress in contract talks, then they weren’t. What happened?

13 July, 2023

Nearly three weeks ago, it looked as if SAG-AFTRA was headed toward a landmark deal with the major Hollywood studios. In a video to the union’s 160,000 members, SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher said negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers had been “extremely productive.”

“We’re standing strong, and we are going to achieve a seminal deal,” Drescher vowed. But in the end, talks broke down.

On Thursday, SAG-AFTRA board members voted unanimously to call a strike against the studios — the first such walkout in 43 years. Actors on Friday morning will join striking writers who have swarmed picket lines outside major film and TV studios around Los Angeles and New York since early May.

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