Hollywood is going through a very difficult period as it is experiencing two strikes at the same time: that of writers and that of actors. The first started last May, the second in July. To date, no satisfactory agreement has been reached between these unions and the studios they are demanding reforms to improve their working conditions. And now, It seems that the CEOs of the biggest studios in Hollywood are “throwing the ball” among themselves due to the development of the strikes..
The screenwriters and actors are on strike because they demand an improvement in their working environment, in which their work is precarious. Among the demands they make are the legalization of the use of artificial intelligence with regard to its use in the creation of scripts and a reform of the remuneration that actors receive at a time when the Streaming It has changed the consumption habits of the audience. Of course, there are other points that need to be addressed, such as the benefits and benefits that employees enjoy.
In return, the studies to which these requests were addressed were reluctant to negotiate. This Wednesday, August 30th, The CEOs of these companies met, possibly in an attempt to agree on whether to continue negotiations. In accordance with deadlineDisney’s Dana Walden and Alan Bergman; Amazon’s Mike Hopkins and Jennifer Salke; Netflix’s Ted Sarandos; Universal’s Donna Langley and Warner Bros. Discovery’s David Zaslav attended the meeting.
Continue reading: CEOs blame each other for Hollywood strikes
According to the newspaper, this is reported by sources familiar with the situation These executives begin to distrust each other and blame each other for not yet reaching an agreement with the writers and actors..
“Almost everyone is looking for someone else to blame. They’re paralyzed even though the clock is ticking, and then it’s Ted’s fault. [Sarandos]Guilt of [Bob] Iger [de Disney]It’s even Tony Vinciquerra’s fault [de Sony]depending on who you ask. It doesn’t help the situation or anyone else.“.
Adding to these reports of no confidence is the hiring of veteran PR firm during the crisis: Levinson Group. According to another source familiar with the disagreements between the CEOs, Carol Lombardini, president of the Alliance of Film and Television Producers, was blamed for the failure to resolve the situation. According to the article, Iger and Zaslav in particular are “surprised” that they have been the target of criticism in recent months.
“In the past, some wanted to blame Carol and accused her of not playing by the rules Streaming. Now they are responsible for how bad things are. That’s why they hired the Levinson Group and that’s what they’re fighting for [entre ellos]“.
In addition, another reliable source for deadline points out that the tension between CEOs stems from the importance of strikes at the company level: if there are no scripts or actors, there are no projects to sell.
“These people are worried about what comes next after the strike. Remember, you are competitors and you are always thinking about how to beat each other. Strikes won’t change that.“.