The catastrophic scenario of three simultaneous strikes in Hollywood will not take place. Major US studios reached a tentative agreement over the weekend with one of the main unions representing film and TV directors.
This compromise, unveiled on Saturday evening after three weeks of negotiation, provides, among other things, for an improvement in the remuneration of directors, in particular for productions intended for “streaming” platforms, as well as safeguards concerning the use of artificial intelligence. .
If the fear of a total shutdown of production recedes, the strike continues on the other hand among the screenwriters who are entering their second month of mobilization and negotiations must open this Wednesday with the profession of actors.
“We have reached a truly historic agreement,” said Jon Avnet, chairman of the negotiations committee of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), which has 19,000 members.
According to a press release issued by the union, the contract provides, among other things, for an increase in remuneration but also for a revaluation of copyright from streaming.
The text, which has yet to be officially validated, will be scrutinized by the entire profession. In recent weeks, several studio executives have expressed hope that it will serve as the template for similar deals with writers and actors.
Second month of strike among screenwriters
However, no discussion is on the agenda between the body that negotiates for the studios, the Alliance of Film and Television Producers, and the Writers Guild of America, the powerful union that represents screenwriters, on strike. since May 2.
The latter ask for an increase in their income , especially on streaming platforms. They believe that their wages are stagnating or even falling given inflation, while their role has become increasingly crucial.
For their part, streaming platforms claim to be forced to reduce their expenses. After a period of strong growth, marked by mive investments in content to recruit new subscribers, the sector says it is under pressure from investors to achieve profitability.