Since May 2, Hollywood screenwriters have been on strike. Among other things, they are calling for higher wages and a change in practice in the industry, as a result of the fact that streaming services are getting bigger and bigger.
On July 13, Hollywood actors also went on strike, which is referred to as the industry’s first major strike in 63 years.
The result is, among other things, many big films and TV series being halted and postponed for up to a year.
Now Norwegian director Joachim Rönning, 51, is coming up with a statement of support for his Hollywood colleagues, at the same time raging against the time it takes to find a solution to the conflict.
“AMPTP, SAG-AFTRA, and WGA should speed up the negotiation process and not leave the schedule until it’s done. This is Hollywood. We make appointments for breakfast. Why do we suddenly have all the time in the world when every day is so precious? It’s so frustrating. It’s time for diplomacy.” So we can get back to work – under fair conditions for everyone,” he wrote in an Instagram post on Monday.
AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers) represents more than 350 television and film production companies. SAG-AFTRA is an American labor union representing approximately 160,000 media professionals worldwide. While the WGA (Writers Guild of America) is an American labor union for film and television screenwriters.
Furthermore, it was written in the post that the recording of “TRON:ARES” has been paused as a result of the strike.
Today was supposed to be the first day of principal photography on “TRON,” a film about artificial intelligence (artificial intelligence, editor’s note) and what it means, and what it takes, to be human. Instead, our doors have been closed, with more layoffs. From 150 people indefinitely This makes it more difficult for everyone.
In the post, he also pays tribute to his colleagues in the industry, highlighting the fact that industry uncertainty isn’t for everyone.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to work with amazing talents. It’s a big part of why I’m a director. But like me, being an actor or a writer means you’re a freelancer. And I can tell you that constant uncertainty isn’t for everyone. Plus, I don’t think it’s inappropriate. It is reasonable to ask for a better safety net.”
As mentioned, the strike was initiated in May by the WGA, which represents more than 11,500 film writers, over an ongoing labor dispute with AMPTP and concerns about compensation for streaming films and series.
The WGA believes that AMPTP’s share of income from streaming means that authors’ income has declined, compared to a decade ago.
Changes are also required in practices in the industry, where there is only an agreement on minimum wages for movies and series that are broadcast on television, not those that are only made available to a broadcast audience – as you have to negotiate individually with the broadcasters.
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