via Duncan Crabtree-Ireland: “An insightful analysis from the law professor who was the USA's chief negotiator of the international treaty a protecting actors’ performances. Check it out…”
Watching the second Contract Roundtable talk about the tentative agreement, and happy to be seeing what David Blue & Jen Levin put together.
Thankful for them and Ben Whitehair,
Jason Winston George, Woody Schultz, Charlie Bodin, Natalia Castellanos, Nicole Cyrille, Frances Fisher and everyone who has worked so hard for so many.
In the article, Iger reveals he just learned a good story matters, & he believes he’s been fixing things at the company which has faced 2 proxy fights this year, triggered 1st dual strike in ½ century & the longest actors strike in film history, & he’s personally being sued by multiple groups of investors. Bob, you are the problem. It’s you, chucklehead.
“You think that’s bunk? Read the papers!”
I wasn’t going to share this. But then one of the four fools calls themselves courageous, and I think: they earned, and keep earning, the disrespect their destructive choices bring.
Actors: Vote yes for the 2023 Film/TV SAG-AFTRA tentative agreement with the AMPTP by Tuesday, December 5, 2023.
If you don’t have your voting PIN you can get it on the voting site.
Please ask me any questions you have and I’ll try to answer them as well as I can.
I just finished writing this article. I think many are underestimating just how impactful this SAG-AFTRA tentative agreement can be: https://bit.ly/DominionOverTheMachines
I made this image for an article I’m writing called “Dominion Over the Machines” about how the SAG-AFTRA AI precedents (if ratified) may move things forward not just for actors, but for every human that may face non-humans doing their work.
Interesting times we’re in.
#robots #dominion #over #machines #ActorsStrike #SAGAFTRAStrike #SAGAFTRAstrong #UnionStrong #u1 #contract #TentativeAgreement #ratification #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #GAI #generativeAI #labor #unions
So Alex Winter wrote a nice article about the SAG-AFTRA tentative agreement:
Page 69 (nice) of SAG-AFTRA MOA is 1st time in history a union contract says workers are human & union shall negotiate if a non-human substitute is used.
People performing are human, & union gets to cover humans _and_ non-human substitutes.
We get to be people!
For my #SAGAFTRA fam who were waiting on more details than in the contract summary, the whole scoop is now available for review:
129 pages of legalese; enjoy. 🤓
Last day to get your vote in is Tuesday December 5th. 🗳️
Listening to I Wanna Be a Rich B*Tch podcast ep: Sarah Seeds breaks down specifics of what’s in SAG-AFTRA contract & negotiations & then she & Edward Miskie talk about it. STRAP IN.
And one is best served by evaluating a tentative agreement (once one has access to it) on its ability or lack of ability to be a good enough contract if ratified.
We don’t need to rush our votes, we have until December 5.
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Full protection of one’s likeness and voice can only come from contracts, laws, court decisions, regulation and treaties working effectively together to make all deals more fair for people on all sides of every deal.
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No contract can fill law shaped holes in needed protection, nor court decision shaped holes, nor regulation shaped holes, nor treaty shaped holes. Contracts fill or do not fill contact shaped holes.
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Replay of the non-partisan discussion of VFX, CGI and AI/GAI with Dave Clark, Robert Nederhorst and Bob Glouberman. Includes some of what the tech and what it can/cannot do:
And a dropbox link (thanks to Andrew Boyle) if you want yo watch offline and/or save it: https://bit.ly/VFX11202023dropbox
In the week since the #SAGAFTRAstrike has ended I’ve been incredibly fortunate with FOUR auditions for principal & lead roles in incredibly creative, fun projects. While I hope for the best in all cases 🤞🏻, it’s important to recognize how much performance work is ready for production. I’m grateful to producers who waited for professional #actors to finish the necessary contract negotiations. While the wait seemed endless, good things come to those who wait—and I’m ready. https://aleciabatson.com
Last evening, as I walked through downtown Boston towards the West End location where our #sagaftra local hosted a celebration for members to mark the end of the #SAGAFTRAstrike and the new #TV / #Theatrical Tentative Agremeent, I enjoyed strolling hardly peopled streets and passing through the New England Holocaust Memorial, which is always lovely, but perhaps the most beautiful in the early dark and quiet of a cool evening » https://bit.ly/47CD6VH
Is the SAG-AFTRA Tentative Agreement Supposed to Save Us From AI? It only needs to do its part.
SAG-AFTRA livestream of their meeting about the tentative agreement happening in 15 min (7pm pt/8pm mt/9pm ct/10pm et):
Members of the SAG-AFTRA negotiating committee discuss the tentative agreement.
Hosted by Jen Levin & David Blue
Saturday, November 18, 2023
11am pt-1pm pt
12pm mt-2pm mt
1pm ct-3pm ct
2pm et-4pm et
So Kate Bond had questions about the AI provisions in the SAG-AFTRA tentative agreement, and wisely asked Jeff Bennett, SAG-AFTRA general council about them.
Now they have shared the replies here, and it’s worth clicking through and swiping through the images to see the questions and answers if you too have questions about this:
"Alone we beg, together we bargain" isn't just for individual people: it means unions working together succeed together. IATSE and Teamsters are up next year and SAG-AFTRA doesn’t have a new contract in place yet. This year we set the tone, next year we bring it home. 4/4 end
An "activist" shareholder, Nelson Peltz, seeks to dismantle Disney. These companies and CEOs hurt themselves and us, they need our work, badly. And will try hard to divide us to get it for nothing. 2/4
The companies can't endure additional strikes.
Netflix's "new" section is a throwback to retro content; CEOs got a compensation cut due to shareholder-imposed pay reductions. Iger and Disney face multiple lawsuits from various investor groups. 1/4
Will we lose less with the previous agreement that we had before the strike? That one didn't require consent at all for Al, it had no guardrails, right?
Zero protection is not ideal.
We have all the way through December 5 to decide. No rush.
We need contractual, legislative & judicial safeguards in place to keep things more fair for everyone on all sides of every deal. We must own & control our likenesses & voices. Full stop.
Laws, courts & contracts will have to make things work better.
#ActorsStrike #SAGAFTRAStrike #SAGAFTRAstrong #WritersStrike #WGAstrike #WGAstrong #IATSEstrong #TeamstersStrong #UnionStrong #u1 #movies #tv #film #television #entertainment #contract #TentativeAgreement #ratification
The entertainment industry is _not_ the tech industry. Doing things like the tech industry does them is not what the entertainment industry is about, even if the CEOs forget that.
The AMPTP and SAG-AFTRA had to agree _this month_ to have the word “telegraph” replaced with the words “email or text” in the tentative agreement. North America hasn’t had a telegraph system since 2006.
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Justine Bateman Slams SAG-AFTRA Tentative Deal’s AI Provisions – The Hollywood Reporter
“The actress-writer-filmmaker told MSNBC's Ali Velshi on Friday that actors should approve the deal only "if they don't want to work anymore. If they want to be replaced by synthetic objects that are made by generative AI, why not?"”
CEOs, unfamiliar with labor issues, lack experience and mentors in organized labor. They must grasp that relying on a Victorian labor playbook harms _themselves_ in the 21st century. Collaboration with labor is crucial. Harvard Business Review thinks so too:
Oh that’s good. Follows the spirit of Constitution's description of copyright & #IP being for a limited time too.
"..promote…progress of science & useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors & inventors…exclusive right..."
I know: laws don’t work on their spirit alone.
#ActorsStrike #SAGAFTRAStrike #SAGAFTRAstrong #WritersStrike #WGAstrike #WGAstrong #IATSEstrong #TeamstersStrong #UnionStrong #u1 #movies #tv #film #television #entertainment #copyright #taxes #TaxWriteOff #IRS #DOJ
SAG-AFTRA members: Sign-up, learn stuff online about tentative agreement so you can make a more informed vote.
TV/Theatrical Contracts Informational Meeting Webinar
“Monday, Nov. 13, 10 PT/12 CT/1 ET, an informational webinar will be held via Zoom. All SAG-AFTRA members…urged to attend this important meeting. Reservations…required in advance by…Monday, Nov. 13, 7 a.m. PT/10 am ET.”
IATSE and Teamsters can bring home to the CEOs this everlasting truth: employees deserve a fair day's pay for a fair day's work in safe, stable working conditions. "Alone we beg, together we bargain" isn't just for individual people: it means unions working together succeed together. This year we set the tone, next year we bring it home.
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An "activist" shareholder, Nelson Peltz, seeks to dismantle Disney. These companies and CEOs hurt themselves and us, they need our work, badly. And will try hard to divide us to get it for nothing.
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The companies can't endure additional strikes. Netflix's "new" section is a throwback to retro content; CEOs got a compensation cut due to shareholder-imposed pay reductions. Iger and Disney face multiple lawsuits from various investor groups.
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SAG-AFTRA press conference in 67 minutes (should replay at this link shortly after the livestream is done ): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joEbGiDdDpM
They plan to discuss the tentative agreement for TV/Film/Streaming contracts.
It is Friday, November 10th and Stuff has Happened.
The actors strike has concluded as SAG-AFTRA has reached a deal with employers. Also, Meta seems to be intentionally preying on minors, an airplane had less windows that most would prefer, a robo-taxi company recalled their whole fleet, and a docked ship left its mark.
Today's newsletter: https://www.stuffkeepshappening.online/carless-drivers/
Watch it here: https://youtu.be/7_SS8tS-wSc
The greatest #SAGAFTRAstrike ending video ever
“Hollywood will restart, and while studios may pretend that the industry as a whole has to cut back on future projects after the cost of the strikes, it's worth noting that the value of the deals SAG-AFTRA and WGA received are still worth way less than the L studios took by refusing to come to the bargaining table.”
Nice to listen to some details of what happened and where we are as a union and industry from Duncan Crabtree-Ireland.
Ok Mr. “Talent friendly CEO,” this is how the world sees you. Is it talent friendly to for roughly 107 days out of 118 refuse to even talk with your talent? Your actions have consequences.
And you made me split an infinitive too 😝
Context of the false “talent friendly CEO” phrase: https://deadline.com/2023/11/actors-strike-ends-bob-iger-reaction-1235598006/
#ActorsStrike #SAGAFTRAStrike #SAGAFTRAstrong #WritersStrike #WGAstrike #WGAstrong #UnionStrong #u1
@fletch1 A good Q.
Now there’s a Tentative Agreement, as negotiated by the #sagaftra Negotiating Committee, the Nat’l Board will review & vote, hopefully to approve. If approved, details will be shared with membership. Then, a formal membership vote must be held. This takes time to coordinate, print, mail, receive & tally. Once approved by membership, the #film & #tv contracts will be in place.
As of today, all pickets are ended. The #SAGAFTRAstrike is over. 🎉
SAG-AFTRA Approves Deal to End Historic Strike
So AMPTP companies are all now permanently shutting down right? I mean the CEOs, Zaslav, Donna, Ted & Bob said it was their “last, best & final offer,” so I guess there’s gonna be no film & TV business, right? Or are these four CEO chuckleheads lying sacks of waste & they must now confess that SAG-AFTRA in fact decides what is last, final & best?
The shareholders ought to throw the CEOs out head first, every one of them.
Willing to go a long as it takes for a good contract. Please join a picket this week in New York and Los Angeles ✊🪧
The actors want your help.
All supporters welcome, you don’t have to be a member to join.
Please share this with everyone you think is interested.
The fact is that, despite the studios’ same old tricks, SAG-AFTRA’s leverage is unchanged.
The issues they’re fighting for are important and existential.
It doesn’t matter what Carol said. What matters is that they take the time to get it right.
And if SAG doesn’t lock down AI now, 2026 might be too late.
And the biggest fact is that Q4 earnings calls start on 11/8 next week, and none of these CEOs want to go on those calls and say: “Welp, I know I get paid millions to be a master negotiator, but I just couldn’t close a simple union deal with The Nanny.”
The fact is that the studios & streamers don’t want to quit the entertainment business. So they’re gonna have to make a deal at some point.
The fact is that they are desperate to get actors back to work b4 they lose any more money.
The fact is that while AI is a real danger to SAG-AFTRA members’ careers, the technology is not ready for prime time yet. Right now, the studios have no other choice but to make a deal w/you.
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A thread by the insightful and brilliant @slack2thefuture:
“Last Best and Final.”
Carol’s three favorite words — because they’re a classic unionbusting trick.
The WGA got “last best finaled,” and you know what we did? We kept right on negotiating for the AI protections we needed.
Because AMPTP rhetoric doesn’t change the facts.
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