SAG-AFTRA has granted approval for three AMC Networks shows to restart production, under its controversial provision allowing “independent” projects to continue despite the strike.
The shows include “Interview With the Vampire,” which was shooting in Prague when the strike started. Two “Walking Dead” spinoffs: “The Ones Who Live” and “Daryl Dixon”. The latter project was on hiatus and can resume shooting in France. The interim agreement is only granted to these specific shows and is not a blanket agreement with the network.
Previously, SAG-AFTRA agreed to stop granting interim agreements to productions in the United States written under the WGA. Since these shows are filmed overseas they are allowed to continue to film.
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Previously, SAG-AFTRA has granted interim agreements to more than 300 projects since the strike began in mid-July. The agreements allow productions that are not connected to the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to keep shooting. However, they must abide by the terms of SAG-AFTRA’s last proposal to the studios.
The AMPTP has rejected SAG-AFTRA’s proposal, and the strike is ongoing and has criticized SAG-AFTRA’s interim agreement provision, saying that it allows the union to pick and choose which projects it wants to allow to continue production. The AMPTP has also said that the provision is unfair to the studios, which are losing money while the strike is ongoing. This is absolutely ludicrous. All this continues to prove is that what SAG-AFTRA is asking for isn’t astronomical. If these smaller companies can afford the dream asks there’s no reason the AMPTP companies cannot.
The strike is in its fourth month, and there is no sign of a resolution in sight. The two sides have been negotiating for months, but they have been unable to reach an agreement on a new contract.
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