As we reported yesterday, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) International President Matthew Loeb announced that unless an agreement is reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), union members will begin a nationwide strike on Monday, October 18 at 12:01 a.m., PDT.
This is a first for the union.
Hundreds, of film and TV productions, will come to an abrupt stop should the union walk out for the first time ever. But according to TheWrap, there are two exemptions to the strike. This is due to two separate agreements IATSE has made with subscription-based TV networks including HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and STARZ.
The strike would have a rolling effect on productions coast-to-coast, according to Variety. The first projects to be impacted would be live shows and daytime soaps. If the strike continues for some time then bigger budget projects with longer production schedules, like streaming and feature films would be affected. This could prove harmful to big-budget productions that are still filming.
Shows affected would include Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Stranger Things 4, The Crown and Marvel’s slate of films. It remains to be seen if broadcast shows such as Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D., which are filmed on location, are affected as Local 476 (Chicago) is under a different contract.
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Productions including HBO’s House of the Dragons and Green Lantern Corps, Showtime’s The Chi and Starz’s Power will not be affected. These shows are produced under a separate IATSE agreement that runs through the end of 2022. IATSE has instructed members working on shows under this agreement to continue to show up on set.
The second major exception is for animated projects. IATSE Local 839, aka The Animators Guild, negotiates its own bargaining agreement with the AMPTP. Projects like Pixar’s Turning Red, DreamWorks’ The Bad Guys and other streaming animation projects including Zootopia+ and HBO Max’s revival of The Boondocks can continue for now.
Local 839’s business director Steve Kaplan did tell TheWRAP that the current IATSE talks will significantly impact the animators’ own labor negotiations with AMPTP. The current agreement expires at the end of this month, and if talks haven’t begun there is a good possibility that The Animation Guild will hold its own strike authorization vote. This according to Kaplan.