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The Industry Responds to SAG-AFTRA Strike Against Activision, EA and Others

Well, the negotiations have failed ladies and gentlemen, SAG-AFTRA has started a strike against a handful of Video Game publishers.

After years of discussion, all parties have not reached a fair deal during their contract negotiations. They were 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 were negotiating for residual payments based on profit sharing, health insurance, limiting vocally intensive sessions to two ours to protect voice actor’s voice etc.

Their final meeting was set for October 19 in hopes of finding a common ground. However, the meeting didn’t go so well and voice actors association called for a strike against 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.

We believe SAG-AFTRA performers should be allowed to look at what we offered and compare it to the union’s last demand — and see that the terminology and other minimal differences are not worth striking over,” Scott J. Witlin, a member of the companies’ legal team at Barnes & Thornburg, said. “The strike is going to hurt the SAG-AFTRA performers that these companies value.

The strike affects companies that used SAG-AFTRA-represented actors and released games prior to February 2015.  There are some notable names represented by this association such as David Hayter and Jennifer Hale, however, SAG-AFTRA voice actor only make up 25% of the industry.

This is a developing story and we will have more for you as soon there is news to share.