The Hollywood actors’ union said Tuesday it has exempted 39 independent film and TV projects from its strike, including two movies from A24, the secretive New York company that has become a force at the Academy Awards.
SAG-AFTRA, as the union is known, said productions could shoot during the strike after they verified they had no affiliation with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which negotiates on behalf of the major studios. does. Talks between the union and the alliance for a new three-year contract broke down on Thursday and thousands of actors went on strike on Friday.
More waivers may be approved as the union evaluates applications. In order to be considered, productions will have to agree to temporarily abide by the terms of the latest offer that SAG-AFTRA has put on the table during negotiations. Productions will be subject to final agreement between the union and the studio alliance.
Contains 39 projects “mother Mary,’ a melodrama co-financed by A24 starring Anne Hathaway as a fictional musician and Michaela Coel (known for “I May Destroy You” on HBO) as a fashion designer. The second A24 project, “Death of a Unicorn,” stars Paul Rudd and Jenna Ortega, best known for “Wednesdays” on Netflix. It tells the story of a man and his teenage daughter who collide with a unicorn while driving to a remote location.
A24 was behind “Everything Everywhere at Once,” which won the best picture Oscar in March.
Also exempt was “The Rivals of Amaziah King,” a crime thriller starring Matthew McConaughey and produced by Teddy Schwarzman, whose father, Blackstone chief executive Stephen A. Schwarzman is. “The Chosen,” a popular religious TV series, may continue into a new season, as well as “Bride Hard,” an action comedy starring Rebel Wilson that involves a mercenary group and a lavish wedding.
Hollywood actors had not been on strike since the 1980s. They joined 11,500 screenwriters who walked out on strike in May. Both unions have said they are fed up with exorbitant salaries for entertainment moguls and are concerned about not getting their fair share of the spoils of a streaming-dominated future. Actors and writers had not been on strike together since the 1960s.
No talks with any union are scheduled.