Hollywood actors have announced they will join the screenwriters’ strike. Late on Thursday, July 13, 2023, it was announced that the actors’ union SAG-AFTRA has announced that its board has decided to go on strike and now, for the first time since 1960, all major studios will be forced to halt production across the United States. .

The strike also concerns television productions in addition to film productions. It is worth noting that SAG-AFTRA is the largest union in Hollywood with 160,000 members.

Stars Cillian Murphy, Matt Damon and Emily Blunt walked out of the London premiere of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer on Thursday night as the strike was called.

Among the demands of the writers and actors are increases in basic pay and royalties on reruns and playback in the age of streaming TV and protection from Artificial Intelligence.

The Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which negotiates on behalf of Netflix, Walt Disney and other companies, expressed “deep disappointment that SAG-AFTRA has decided to withdraw from negotiations.”

Hollywood strike

11,500 screenwriters are participating in the strike, and now, with the participation of the actors, all major studios in the USA are forced to close. Hollywood has not faced two simultaneous strikes since 1960, when members of the WGA and the Screen Actors Guild went on strike to demand compensation from the sale of films to television networks.

Understandably, the WGA strike is affecting all of California and beyond, hitting catering, stagehandling and other occupations that depend on Hollywood productions.