BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Members of the American actors union, SAG-AFTRA, have joined the picket line at 19th Street and Park Avenue South in the Flatiron District, outside the offices of Netflix and also the location of an AMC cinema, as well as at several other locations around the city.
The actors union went on strike on July 14, joining Writers Guild members, who have been striking since May 2.
The action is against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the major movie studios and streaming services. This is the first time actors and writers have been on strike at the same time since 1960.
Issues at stake include getting higher pay, preserving minimum staffing and securing residual payments, plus limiting the use of AI in writing and editing scripts and creative projects.
Because of the strike by both writers and actors, much of the nation’s film and television production has ground to a halt.
There are a total of four picket line locations in Manhattan, happening on Mon., Wed. and Fri. from 9 a.m. to noon at: “Netflix HQ/Warner Bros. Discovery,” at 888 Broadway, at 19th Street; “Amazon/HBO,” at 450 W. 33rd St.; “Paramount+,” at 1515 Broadway, at W. 45th Street; and “NBC Universal,” at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, at 49th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. For more information, check sagaftrastrike.org.