Actors, Hollywood studios are still at loggerheads over artificial intelligence and other issues, the union says

Members of SAG-AFTRA walk in a picket line outside Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 20, 2023, during the 100th day of their ongoing strike. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni/File photo rights granted

LOS ANGELES, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Negotiators for Hollywood actors and major studios will address concerns about artificial intelligence (AI) and other issues in talks aimed at ending a 111-day strike, the SAG-AFTRA union said late on Wednesday. have not

The union said it has submitted a revised proposal on the use of artificial intelligence to the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers ( AMPTP ), which represents Netflix ( NFLX.O ), Walt Disney ( DIS.N ) and other media companies. Is.

SAG-AFTRA, in a memo to members, said it met with AMPTP “for over three hours this afternoon and evening to present and review our revised proposal.”

The union has sought restrictions on how studios can use artificial intelligence technology when making movies and TV shows. Actors fear that they may be replaced by digital performers or that their likenesses are used without their permission.

Other issues are still under discussion, the statement said.

“We are still awaiting AMPTP’s response to our anti-comprehensive proposal package we gave them on Saturday and are addressing the remaining issues,” SAG-AFTRA said.

Representatives for AMPTP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

SAG-AFTRA went on strike in mid-July to demand higher minimum wages and other benefits, with members picketing outside studio offices in New York and Los Angeles.

“Please know that your presence on the picket lines and support on social media is a source of inspiration,” SAG-AFTRA told members Wednesday.

Film and television writers also walked away this year in a battle to protect artificial intelligence and increase compensation in the broadcast TV era. They reached an agreement with AMPTP in late September.

According to the Milken Institute, the dual strikes shut down most script production in the United States, put thousands of crews out of work and cost the California economy at least $6 billion.

Reporting by Lisa Richwine. Edited by Gary Doyle

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