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DALL·E 2023 11 03 15.52.58 Illustration of a film reel script and a directors chair arranged in a symbolic strike tableau. The film reel is unwound the script is closed and
DALL·E 2023 11 03 15.52.58 Illustration of a film reel script and a directors chair arranged in a symbolic strike tableau. The film reel is unwound the script is closed and

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SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher Urges Studio CEOs to Engage in Contract Negotiations

NOTE: This article is 9 months old and may not include the most recent information.

The ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike has reached a critical juncture, and President Fran Drescher is actively pushing for studio CEOs to re-engage in discussions to finalize a new three-year contract. In her call for action, Drescher’s social media has become a key platform for communicating the guild’s stance and the need for a swift resolution.

Drescher’s message is clear and filled with an air of cautious optimism. “TGIF! Let’s hope the AMPTP CEOs resurface with a seal the deal counter!” she announced online, signaling an openness to progressive dialogue with studio executives. Her social media posts have turned into a beacon for those following the negotiations, emphasizing the importance of leadership marked by empathy and positive resolve.

Her video message on Instagram from November 1st further cements her approach: “I’m getting ready now to go to work, and I just want you to know that I feel a sense of strength, not anger, and I feel a sense of optimism, not negativity.” These statements not only showcase her leadership style but also serve to maintain morale among the guild members during a challenging time.

Despite the recommencement of talks on October 24th, the response from the studios to the guild’s counterproposals, especially the latest on artificial intelligence, has been muted. The detailed negotiations have so far involved SAG-AFTRA’s negotiating committee, including Chief Negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, and the AMPTP’s Carol Lombardini, without direct involvement from the CEOs of leading studios.

The current situation calls for the physical involvement of the studio leadership, as indicated by Drescher’s posts. With her persistent calls for engagement, the industry is poised to see how studio executives will respond to the invitation to step back into the negotiation room and address the concerns that have led to one of the longest strikes in recent history.

Trevor Decker
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