Sunday, July 18, 2010

Transportation strike could paralyze Hollywood

Believe it or not, Hollywood may be headed for another work stoppage in just two weeks. In 2007-2008, the Writers Guild struck, shuttering television and film production. In 2008-2009, a Screen Actors Guild stalemate lingered for almost a year, shutting down primarily film production. This time, the Hollywood Teamsters may strike - and that could immediately halt television and film production. For details, see my exclusive Hollywood Reporter story.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't know SAG went on strike and caused a "work stoppage." I thought they were sold out by, first, AFTRA, then SAG-moderates, who left them hanging, after first supporting them in their stance against signing a terrible contract.

    And if there was a "work stoppage" caused by SAG, why was 2009 a record box office year?

    Now AFTRA is getting a big sloppy kiss from the AMPTP for being a push-over - being given all TV, even though it is not the AMPTP's to give. Try running that by the NLRB. Oh, right, SAG won't file a claim because the last ruling from the NLRB said AFTRA had only "live TV."

    So, how can "digital be 'live TV' "?

    I mean, if it's shot real-time, and broadcast "real-time live," then, I guess AFTRA could lay claim. But, short of that, it's SAG's jurisdiction, according to the NLRB.

    It's just that the current government of SAG does not want to hear what the NLRB would say if they filed a Unit Certification claim, and AFTRA is left waiting at the altar - again.

    So, the Teamsters? No muss, no fuss, no P.R. - nothing, just "give us 3% or we walk."

    How refreshing. Ken Howard should go see if he can get a ball-graft and walk with them.