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Fran Drescher Takes Center Stage in Hollywood Labor Battle

13 July, 2023

As the clock ticked toward midnight on July 12, SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher addressed the group of negotiators from the major studios.

“You’re sitting on the wrong side of history,” she told them. “Shame on you.”

It had been clear for some time that Drescher’s union would go on strike. A final day of talks with two federal mediators had done nothing to bridge the gaps between the two sides. Drescher’s speech served as the exclamation point — a dramatic flourish from a born performer — casting the dispute over business models and residual formulas in Manichean terms.

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