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First day of strike: Film stars hit Hollywood sidewalks as anger at studios simmers

First day of strike: Film stars hit Hollywood sidewalks as anger at studios simmers


SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher, with Nationwide Government Director & Chief Negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Eire (proper), joins members of the Writers Guild of America and the Display Actors Guild exterior Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California, on July 14, 2023. Tens of 1000’s of Hollywood actors went on strike at midnight July 13, 2023, successfully bringing the large film and tv enterprise to a halt as they be part of writers within the first industry-wide walkout in 63 years. VALERIE MACON / AFP

LOS ANGELES, United States—Honking horns, simmering warmth, a smattering of stars and a variety of anger at Disney boss Bob Iger.

The Hollywood actors’ strike kicked off on a sweltering Friday morning in Los Angeles, simply over 24 hours after contract talks collapsed with studios.

A number of hundred actors swelled the ranks of picketing tv and film writers, who’ve been pounding the palm tree-lined sidewalks exterior Netflix, Warner, Paramount and extra for properly over two months already.

“No contracts? No actors! No wages? No pages!” went the chants, as organizers from each unions begged strikers to maintain hydrated and keep off the roads, the place passing vehicles and vans blared their horns in help.

“It’s a beautiful celebration of staff. That is greater than an leisure {industry} labor strike—it’s all of labor, all around the nation and the world,” stated “Titanic” star Frances Fisher, 71.

“All people’s standing up,” she informed AFP, yards award from the historic arched entryway to Paramount Image studio.

Chanting writers welcomed the brand new inflow of noticeably louder voices from the Display Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), and expressed hope that the arrival of worldwide recognizable faces would deliver renewed consideration to the actions.

Stars together with Allison Janney (“The West Wing”), Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”) and Ben Schwartz (“Sonic the Hedgehog”) joined rank-and-file actors on the picket strains, whereas Jason Sudeikis and Susan Sarandon confirmed up throughout the nation at protests in New York.

“It feels historic,” stated Zev Frank, 36, a author on Amazon Prime sequence “Patriot.”

“To see them present up like this, in enormous numbers, it feels totally different at the moment. It feels electrical.”

“We’re a part of an {industry} that has so many individuals which can be front-facing, in order that additional PR is gonna be useful,” stated Tien Tran, 36, star of sitcom “How I Met Your Father.”


Amongst different calls for, SAG-AFTRA is asking studios for pay rises to maintain tempo with inflation, a higher share within the revenue of hit reveals or movies.

These proposals have been dismissed by Disney CEO Bob Iger this week as “unrealistic”—feedback that invoked fury amongst a number of strikers interviewed by AFP.

“He’s refurnishing his home proper now for $5 million, and these folks don’t even have medical health insurance… it’s disrespectful and disgusting,” stated Shawn Richardz, an actress who has appeared in “Treme” and “Nip/Tuck.”

“This man is saying we’re asking for unrealistic issues? Are you kidding me?”

“That was a very prime instance of the mindset of the folks on prime,” agreed actor E.J. Arriola 42.

“As artists, we’ve been round for thus lengthy, and there doesn’t appear to be any form of respect.”

Many heaped praises on SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher, whose comparable language in a press convention saying the strike Thursday went viral.

She was swarmed by fellow actors exterior Netflix on Friday, as the gang cheered her feedback and took them up as chants.

Elsewhere, among the many lots of of SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America indicators, placards from different Hollywood unions representing behind-the scenes crew and transport staff have been seen among the many marchers.

“I’ve no units to construct with out actors,” learn one slogan.

Each of these guilds renegotiate their very own contracts with studios subsequent yr.

“If they should stroll off the job, then we’re going to be there to help them too,” stated Frank, the author.  /ra


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