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World News October 13, 2023

Actors still on strike after talks with studios fail

Negotiations between major Hollywood studios and the SAG-AFTRA actors’ union have collapsed, leading to a continued shutdown of the industry. The impasse revolves around disputes over streaming revenue and guarantees regarding the use of artificial intelligence. While the recent Writers Guild of America strike resulted in agreements acceptable to striking writers, the industry remains at a standstill until actors and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) can reach similar contract agreements. Actors are pushing for a share of streaming profits in the form of a bonus, but the AMPTP argues this would amount to an economic burden of over $800 million annually. Additionally, actors are concerned about protections against being replaced by AI, while the AMPTP claims they’ve committed to obtaining consent from performers before using digital replicas of their likenesses.
Source – CGTN

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