SAG-AFTRA negotiator on AI and strike talks: Many issues still open

The unions’ chief negotiator said Monday morning that progress has been made in recent days toward ending the SAG-AFTRA strike, but many issues remain on the table.

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, the union’s chief negotiator and executive director, appeared on Disney’s picket lines. In an interview outside the studio gate, he could not guess when the strike would end.

“I think it depends on the mindset that everybody brings to the table this week,” he said. I certainly hope that we can move things along quickly, but there are important issues that are still open and there is no deal until they are done.

On Saturdays and Sundays, this union was in contact with the association of film and television producers. The two sides are expected to discuss later on Monday how to proceed with bargaining this week.

Crabtree-Ireland said progress has been made, and that is the source of my cautious optimism.

Among the issues that still need to be solved is artificial intelligence. SAG-AFTRA wants to set limits around the use of artificial intelligence to recreate performers’ likenesses, including consent and a minimum payment floor for such use.

The union has also said it will seek to limit AI consents to a single project, but studios will still seek consents that cover multiple projects in a franchise.

Crabtree-Ireland said there are a number of big problems in the AI ​​bucket that are currently being worked on, citing the issue of franchise consent as one where progress has not been made.

But he emphasized that artificial intelligence is not the only thing that stands in the way of a deal.

He said that many issues are still open. Not only is its artificial intelligence left on the table. There are other big issues that we are still working on.

Crabtree-Ireland declined to go into too much detail about the cases, including the unions’ demand for a share of the broadcast platforms’ revenue. In early October, the studios proposed a model modeled after the Writers Guild of America’s contract that provides a residual bonus for shows made for more streaming.

But SAG-AFTRA has been striving for something broader, which puts the actors of each project on one platform.

From the beginning, we never called it an achievement award because it wasn’t just about recognizing specific achievement, Crabtree-Ireland said. It was about sharing revenue from the streaming world. I think whatever version we end up with will be a significant step in that direction.

The strike has lasted 109 days and Crabtree-Ireland said she was aware of the pressure to end it, especially given the hardships felt by performers and workers below the line.

“I definitely feel the pressure because I feel the urgency to get things done,” he said. That’s why we worked all weekend and never took a day off trying to push this process forward.

But he said he also hears from members who stress that structural changes are needed to get the industry moving in the right direction.

“We’re really focused on taking care of what our members need right now,” he said. We will eventually reach an agreement and hopefully sooner rather than later.

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