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Behind the brawl over streaming revenue sharing for actors

8 August, 2023

Striking actors and the media companies they work for remain far apart on negotiations for a new contract, with no talks taking place since SAG-AFTRA members took to the picket lines July 14. Both the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, representing studios, seem dug in to their respective positions. One of the union’s proposals in particular — for a small cut of streaming service revenue from successful shows and movies — has generated a lot of pushback from the management side, with the AMPTP saying it has “fundamental objections” to the idea. SAG-AFTRA contends that it’s a necessary (if novel) step given the industry-altering changes in the streaming era.

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