Hollywood producers and union leaders hold talks to avoid strike
LOS ANGELES, Oct.5 (Reuters) – Talks resumed Tuesday between Hollywood producers and backstage workers on film and television sets, the day after a crushing union vote to allow a strike
The International Theater Employees Alliance (IATSE), which represents some 60,000 off-screen workers, said in a statement that negotiations had taken place with the Alliance of Film and Television Producers (AMPTP) for the first time in over two weeks.
He gave no further details.
Members of IATSE, which includes cameramen, makeup artists, sound technicians, voted 98% in favor of allowing a strike if there is no agreement with the producers on a new contract.
Such a strike would end film and television production in the United States in the biggest shutdown since the 2007-2008 Hollywood screenwriters’ strike.
IATSE is looking to cut long working hours and increase the wages of members who work on shows for streaming platforms like Netflix, Disney +, and AppleTV +, where lower rates were set 10 years ago when streaming online. was in its infancy.
AMPTP said on Monday it was “committed to reaching a deal that will keep the industry working,” but said this would require both sides to show “a willingness to compromise and exploration of new solutions “. (Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Aurora Ellis)