The SAG-AFTRA strikes in Hollywood have no clear end in sight as studio executives continue to look for alternative ways to get around paying talent.
Writers and actors are fighting for improvements to wages, streaming service residuals, use of AI in developing scripts and more.
Jeff Wray is a film and media professor at Michigan State University. He joined CultureShift to chat about what’s happening with the strikes, who’s being impacted the most and whether or not we’ll see a resolution anytime soon.
Listen: Why are writers and actors striking in Hollywood?
“Unions, Hollywood included, have always had to fight for their position,” Wray says. “They’ve had to fight for to be taken seriously and to be the representative of the people in their union. And oftentimes in our history that has been a violent fight, and has been a difficult fight.”