How writers' and actors' strikes affect what we watch — even years later

Mar 4, 2024
Paramount says it'll continue several experiments it began in response to strike-related production shutdowns last year — because they had proven successful at cutting costs.
Demonstrators carry signs during the screenwriters strike in May 2023.
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Does the SAG-AFTRA deal go far enough on AI use?

Dec 7, 2023
The newly ratified SAG contract won some AI protections for actors, but some still have concerns.
Above, actress Frances Fisher joins picketing actors in July. Use of artificial intelligence was a major point of contention in the latest SAG contract.
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What the end of the actors strike means for movie theaters

Nov 10, 2023
Studios are scrambling to resume movie production, raising the question of whether the supply of movies to theaters can ramp up quickly enough.
Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, stars of "Dune: Part Two," at a convention in April. The "Dune" sequel's release was delayed to next year due to the actors strike.
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Is CEO pay out of control?

Oct 23, 2023
How much is too much? Union strikes and shareholder discussions have put executive compensation centerstage.
Disney CEO Bob Iger came under fire when he called striking writers' demand for higher pay "just not realistic" — despite making more than 500 times the median salary of his own employees.
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How below-the-line workers are surviving the Hollywood strikes

Oct 18, 2023
As actors continue to picket for a better contract, some Hollywood workers are forced to make tough decisions.
Thousands of Hollywood strikers marched from Netflix to the Paramount lot where SAG-AFTRA held a special rally.
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Actors strike kiboshes celebs' role in promotions

Jul 21, 2023
Union members won't be hyping their movies while the work stoppage continues. What will that do to the box office take?
Last week, Hollywood actors joined writers on strike, seeking better payment terms and new rules governing the use of artificial intelligence in the industry.
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