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A view of the SAG-AFTRA strike from the Southwest

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Thursday, August 24, 2023 - 11:33am

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Hollywood writers and actors have both been on strike for more than a month now, after contract negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers fell apart. Not long after the writers took to the picket line, the actors’ union, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, joined the strike.

Actors and writers say they need a new deal now that streaming dominates the TV and film industries. They say they’re simply not being compensated fairly for streams.

On top of that, artificial intelligence is presenting a new challenge — how will actors and writers be able to control their likeness and works in this new reality? 

On Aug. 17, writers and producers agreed to meet again, but the end of the strike is still up in the air.

The people protesting these Hollywood conditions are not just in Hollywood. To learn more on how it's affecting some local members, The Show spoke with Joe Corcoran, an actor, comedian and member of the Arizona-Utah branch of SAG-AFTRA.

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