SAG-AFTRA: What actors can and can’t do while on strike?

The SAG-AFTRA strike will officially begin at midnight on Friday, July 14, 2023.

After more than three hours of deliberations, The SAG-AFTRA National Board announced during a press conference on July 13 that Hollywood actors would go on strike, with the chief negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland Expressing the board’s dismay at AMPTP’s “reluctance” to meet their demands, and encouraging union members to “maintain their labour”.

Fran Drescher and Duncan Crabtree-Ireland at the SAG-AFTRA Press Conference at the SAG-AFTRA Plaza on July 13, 2023© Michael Buckner
Fran Drescher and Duncan Crabtree-Ireland at the SAG-AFTRA Press Conference at the SAG-AFTRA Plaza on July 13, 2023


Below is a list of actions that union workers are not allowed to take during a strike.

Works and services specifically prohibited under the rules of TV/Theatrical contracts include:

Principal on camera work, such as:

  • acting
  • Singing
  • dance
  • juggling
  • on-camera piloting
  • puppet play
  • Performance Capture or Motion Capture Functions

Major off-camera tasks, such as:

  • ADR/LoopingTV Trailers (Promos) and Theatrical Trailers
  • voice acting
  • Singing
  • Narration, including audio descriptive services, except that the services may be covered by any other collective bargaining agreement referred to in the notice to members with respect to non-structured work
  • background task
  • stand-in job
  • photo and/or body doubles
  • fitting, wardrobe test and makeup test
  • rehearsal and camera test
  • scanning
  • Interviews and Auditions (including through self-tapes)

Publicity/promotional services for work under TV/theatrical contracts, such as:

  • Tours
  • personal appearances
  • Interview
  • conventions
  • fan expo
  • Celebration
  • events for your consideration
  • panels
  • premiere/screening
  • award show
  • Junk
  • podcast appearance
  • social media
  • studio showcase

Interact with and/or engage in and/or agree to:

  • An agreement to perform covered services in the future
  • Any new agreement relating to the sale of merchandise relating to a Covered Project
  • Creation and use of digital reproductions, including re-use of prior work
  • Featured on a trailer for a hit production or ancillary material associated with a hit production
SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher speaks onstage during the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards at Barker Hangar on February 27, 2022 in Santa Monica, California.© Getty
SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher speaks on stage


AMPTP shared a statement: “The strike is definitely not the outcome we had hoped for as studios cannot function without the artistes who bring our TV shows and movies to life. The union regrets parting ways. Chosen that will cause financial hardship for countless thousands of people.” of those who depend on the industry.”


In an impassioned speech, union president Fran Drescher confirmed the strike, saying: “It is very sad that we have come to these crossroads but we had no choice,” adding: “We are suffering, we are being victimized by this greedy entity.”

He continued: “I am in shock… I frankly cannot believe how far we are in so many things.

“This is disgusting,” she said, “Shame on them, they stand on the wrong side of history,” and declared: “We stand in solidarity in unprecedented unity.”

National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland looks at the speech of American actress Fran Drescher (left) during a press conference at the labor union's headquarters on July 13, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.© Getty
The former The Nanny actress gave an impassioned speech, which received a thunderous applause from the crowd

Original Story: 10:30am PST

In its history, Hollywood hasn’t seen much like this – from slapstick at the Oscars, rebellious Napo babies, scandalous divorces and more – but it’s been over 60 years since Hollywood last saw Both his actors and writers are on strike at the same time.

in may, The Writers Guild of America went on strike after six weeks of contentious negotiations for a new contract. when his previous contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) expired.

Since then, television and film production has largely ceased, except for late-night shows (with exceptions). Andy Cohen’s watch what happens live) to be the first to get dark.

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Now, after talks between the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) – which represents 160,000 television and film actors — and Hollywood studios, which are represented by AMPTP, fell through Wednesday, with actors likely joining the picket line, resulting in Hollywood’s biggest shutdown since the 1960s.

fran drescherOf Came FAME and the president of SAG-AFTRA confirmed that the union will vote on Thursday, July 13 morning on whether or not to go on strike, with the results to be announced shortly after the meeting.

Although the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes are not specifically linked, their arguments fall under the same umbrella of better pay.

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A sign that reads 'Unions Stand Together' as SAG-AFTRA members picket to show solidarity with striking WGA (Writers Guild of America) workers outside the Netflix offices on July 12, 2023 in Los Angeles, California Was.© Getty
Several actors have already joined the picket line in support of the WGA strike

most of the impasse is based on Actors’ wishes for better compensation and benefits, especially with regard to their residuals coming from streaming services, which they claim have not been able to keep pace with the stratospheric rise of Netflix, Max, Hulu, Prime Video, etc.; as well as providing better protection against artificial intelligence by using their likeness.

The talks first began on 7 June and extended to 30 June, during which actors such as Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Stiller, Julia Louis-DreyfusAnd about 300 more people signed a letter to union leaders urging them to fight for their demands.

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Charlton Heston shakes hands with Charles S. Boren, vice president of the Association of Motion Picture Producers, as the Screen Actors Guild ends its strike against the 7 major picture studios.  Next to Heston is shown SAG President Ronald Reagan who shakes the H.© Getty
Former President Ronald Reagan, who was an actor before a politician, was president of SAG when the actors went on strike in 1960.

Fran criticizes AMPTP’s response to union demands “Disgraceful and disrespectful.”

While shows and movies with scripts still under production shut down due to the WGA strike, shows with finished scripts were able to continue filming. However, if the actors also go on strike, all production will be put on hold indefinitely, which will then delay the premiere and release of the new season. Apart from production, red carpets, interviews and award shows are also bound to be affected as actors will not be promoting their work.