Hollywood actors on strike: ‘This is a moment of history,’ says SAG chief Fran Drescher - USA Today

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), the union that represents American film and TV actors, announced plans for a strike beginning at midnight PDT Thursday, a work stoppage that will essentially bring most movie and TV production worldwide to a halt.

The announcement comes 12 hours after the contract between the union and the major studios expired without a new deal. Much of Hollywood has already shut down because of an ongoing writers strike that began May 2, but more productions would pause in an actors strike, from highly anticipated sequel films (“Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning - Part 2”) to new TV seasons (Netflix’s “Stranger Things”).

At a press conference Thursday, [Fran] Drescher and chief negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland announced that the organization’s board had unanimously voted for the television and theatrical division of the union to strike, and for members to “withhold their labor” until a fair contract can be achieved. The strike will begin at midnight tonight, and picket lines will be set up Friday morning.

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Locations: Hollywood, CA 

Organizations: Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) 

People: Fran Drescher 

Tags: Labor Strike Unions 

Type: Headlines