From Octavia Spencer to Jamie Lee Curtis via Alec Baldwin, the stars rejoiced: “Let’s get back to work, friends!”
It was hard, but it seems over. US actors are finally expected to return to work after their union agreed a provisional deal with Hollywood studios to end a four-month strike that has paralyzed the entertainment industry. And the artists’ joy explodes on social media.
The Oscar winner wrote on social media: “Who else is dancing to Octavia Spencer right now??? Ready to work now that the strike is over! Congratulations and thanks to our negotiating committee @sagaftra!”, while Jamie Lee Curtis posted on Instagram that “perseverance pays off”. Netflix’s ‘This Is Us’ star Mandy Moore urged in her Instagram story, “Let’s get back to work, friends!”, adding, “Thank you to the negotiators and leadership at @sagaftra for getting us over the finish line.” “. Alec Baldwin also expressed his “congratulations to everyone who has done this great work on behalf of the members,” in an Instagram post.
$1 billion deal
The union, according to the BBC, highlighted that the agreement is worth more than $1 billion (£814 million) and includes increases in minimum wages, a new “streaming participation” bonus and greater protections against the use of actors’ images and voices by artificial intelligence. Sag-Aftra represents around 160,000 members, and has been on strike since July 14. The shutdown has caused major disruption and ripple effects across all sectors of the film and television industry, in countries such as the UK and the US.
Productions and events ‘skipped’ due to the strike
Just to give a few examples: the Disney/Marvel productions ‘Blade’, ‘Dune: Part Two’ and ‘Fantastic Four’ have all been delayed by several months, while ‘Avengers: The Kang Dynasty’ and ‘Avengers: Secret Wars’ were postponed for a year. The live action remakes of Disney animations ‘Moana’ and ‘Lilo & Stitch’ were also affected, as were James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ series and ‘Paddington in Peru’. Actors had also not been allowed to attend awards ceremonies, meaning the Emmys – TV’s biggest event – were delayed from their usual September date. The Emmys ceremony will take place in January, and organizers of events like the Oscars will likely breathe a sigh of relief that stars will be able to hit the red carpet when movie awards season begins in the new year.