Why SAG-AFTRA Thinks Studios Won’t Acquire Interim Agreement Films During the Strike 

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Indie films approved to shoot during the strike must agree to the streaming revenue sharing terms that studios rejected

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SAG-AFTRA national executive director and chief Negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland protests with members at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on July 19, 2023 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

During an online press conference concerning the strike interim agreements, SAG-AFTRA national executive director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland noted that any independent film approved for the agreement must also agree to the streaming revenue sharing terms that were rejected by Hollywood studios and remain a key sticking point in the ongoing actors strike.

It is for this reason that Crabtree-Ireland and SAG-AFTRA leadership believe that Hollywood studios represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) will not acquire films approved for the agreement at film festivals as a way of relieving the production stoppage caused by the strike, something that has been a common concern among guild members skeptical