Studios Don’t Care

The MCU, James Gunns DC, Fast 11, Mission Impossible and the list keeps growing as to franchises that we’re looking forward to the next installment. Seems as if these may have stalled for a while now.

It seemed like the November date given by studios for new TV and movie updates was looking promising, after three months of picketing, that was until talks broke down between the studio and the union of SAG-AFTRA late on October 11, 2023.

The studios walked away from the bargaining table when the demands of the use of AI to replace actors, the refusal to increase wages due to inflation (which is huge today), and the refusal to share the revenue that the work of actors provides. This includes a measly $0.57 per subscriber a year.

Instead, according to SAG-AFTRA, the studios have added 60% to the numbers just mentioned, as well as saying that the consent of creators is important and then on the first day having the actors sign a consent form for their likeness to be used in any project without their consent or pay.

For example, Robert Downey Jr. played Iron Man. Even though the character is killed off and his contract with them is up. The studio can still use his likeness for the franchise due to the initial consent form and not pay him.

What has been stated is wrong on all accounts. Greed seems to be winning. This is at the expense of the people who bring these characters to life.

What does this mean for the future of TV, movies, and streaming?

This means a couple of things:

  • TV: We are getting reality shows, competition shows, and more game shows. These are easy to produce.
  • MOVIES: Whatever isn’t finished will either use AI to finish it, or push back release dates (which will cost the studios more money).
  • STREAMING: Could this be the end? Probably not, what was said for TV can be put here. 

As a fan of movies, this really hurts seeing this, knowing how much these films make. Which means that with no actors, movies can’t be made. They can’t be promoted on the talk show circuit, and no lavish premieres are happening. In return means no awards shows, and the floundering of film at theaters. All for the dollar which the studios don’t want to share.

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