I mentioned indie movies, but let’s talk about what SAG has done to protect the films and producers. SAG has offered waivers to around 300 indie producers, so if a strike does happen, they can continue shooting and get their films done.
What about TV? As we all know with the WGA strike, scripted shows went off the air by December, while mid-season premieres had only a handful of episodes air before they ran out. 24 didn’t even premiere this year, and won’t until January 2009! The good news for that show is that they had a significant number of episodes shot last year, and when resumed production in the spring, so the show will go on and air all 24 episodes, according to reports.
Many other shows have episodes already in the can (shot), and if a strike occurs, they will probably air some in the fall, then air new episodes in the spring, once a potential actors’ strike ends. Other TV networks have planned on possibly moving fall premieres to the spring, if the strike occurs.
One last thing that both the WGA strike and the potential actors’ strike has affected: very few new deals are being made right now, because studios and producers are nervous. This will slow down future movie and TV projects from moving forward, regardless of an actors’ strike.
My opinion is simple: I hope an extension with enough time will be set so SAG and AFTRA can come together, then work with the AMPTP to strike a deal that everyone is happy with. Keep the entertainment industry rolling! The WGA strike cost Hollywood an estimated $2 billion and nearly 30,000 film and TV industry-related jobs, so let’s all hope a new strike can be averted. I’ll keep you up-to-date on all matters of this potential strike.