Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) will go to strike against different video game developers and publishers on October 21.
Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists is not striking against every company out there. But some major names are on the list – Activision Publishing, Blindlight, Corps of Discovery Films, Disney Character Voices, Electronic Arts, Formosa Interactive, Insomniac Games, Interactive Associates, Take-Two Interactive, VoiceWorks Productions, and WB Games.
After years of discussion, all parties have not reached a fair deal during their contract negotiations. They are looking for a contract that is rooted in industry standards and best practices.
Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists are negotiating for residual payments based on profit sharing, health insurance, limiting vocally intensive sessions to two ours to protect voice actor’s voice etc.
We have negotiated in good faith for the past 18 months with SAG-AFTRA union leaders, and are making progress toward a new contract, said Scott J. Witlin of the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, representing the industry. We are deeply disappointed to learn today of the Union’s threatened strike and its unilateral violation of the mutually agreed-upon ‘news black-out’ on negotiation discussions
The strike can still be prevented if all parties can come to terms on their next meeting. They will sit around the table from today to October 19.