After a short spell of silence, four studios — Warner Bros Discovery, NBC Universal, Disney and Netflix— are working to bring the strike to an end. The Hollywood studios have tried to make a deal with Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), which is hoped will help bring the 113-day long strike to an end.
Earlier, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMTP) had warned the actors union of delays in film releases and even cancellation of television shows if they failed to settle and reach an agreement in a week’s time.
Although the AMTP is not really labeling its counter offer as the last and final offer, the studios do hope that this offer will lead to the strike coming to an end, unless the unions choose not to accept the same.
On 4 November 2023, the representatives of the studios met online along with the actors’ guild negotiating committee to discuss the offer. The offer is being reviewed and a response is being considered.
This is probably the first time in about six decades that actors and writers have together gone on strike and staged a walkout. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) speaks for about 160,000 actors. Both the actors and the writers are seeking improved benefits and a check on the rampant use of artificial intelligence (AI), which is threatening their very existence.