With the WGA writer’s strike now well into its third month, CEOs from Hollywood’s leading studios are joining together to discuss how they can avert an actors’ strike on top of this. SAG-AFTRA members going on strike would result in a near-complete shutdown of any remaining productions that had managed to continue throughout the writer’s strike and bring Tinsel Town to a grinding halt.
A month ago, SAG-AFTRA members voted overwhelmingly to go on strike if negotiations relating to issues such as residual pay from streaming platforms, an increase in the minimum wage, and the use of AI did not reach an agreeable conclusion. Negotiations have been underway for some time now and the initial deadline of June 30 already passed with both sides agreeing to a 12-day extension. However, time for The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers is running out as that extension ends at midnight, July, 12.
This has caused the major players to rush to avoid such measures which would cause a second shutdown in Hollywood. Disney chief Bob Iger, Warner Bros. Discovery’s David Zaslav, and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, amongst others, held a conference call on Monday to discuss the issue and push for a federal mediator to come in as a neutral third party from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, via Variety. It is not yet known if SAG-AFTRA would even be open to this as it could mean pushing negotiations further and holding off on a strike that they appear well prepared for.
On top of bringing in a federal mediator, the heads of various talent agencies including Ari Emanuel of WME, Bryan Lourd of CAA, and UTA’s Jeremy Zimmer, have also offered their assistance to SAG-AFTRA to help facilitate an understanding that would keep a strike at bay. As it stands, economists predict that the writer’s strike alone will cost the local economy $3 billion according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. If we were to then add a SAG-AFTRA strike on top of that, well, that figure starts to increase drastically.
It has been reported that members of the union are ready to go on strike Thursday morning, with certain members being trained in how to be strike captains. Variety reports that sources close to the negotiations say that the AMTPT is becoming increasingly frustrated at SAG-AFTRA’s unwillingness to be flexible on matters, believing that a more extreme minority within the union is pushing its agenda without considering how a strike will affect it’s own members. Whether this is the case is unclear, as divide and sow doubt are certainly tactics used to break down opposition in these matters.
Whether this federal mediator will be able to swoop in on time to avert the strike is yet to be seen, but based on a phone call between SAG-AFTRA and major Hollywood publicists which took place on Monday preparing them for a strike, it sounds like nothing less than a miracle will stop them from joining WGA on the picket line come Thursday.
By: Laura Pollacco
Title: Disney, Warner Bros, and Netflix CEOs among group scurrying to avert SAG-AFTRA strike
Sourced From: wegotthiscovered.com/events/disney-warner-bros-and-netflix-ceos-among-group-scurrying-to-avert-sag-aftra-strike/
Published Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2023 01:30:57 +0000
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NFL MVP Odds: Tua Tagovailoa Is Now The Outright Leader Over Patrick Mahomes
NFL MVP Odds: Tua Tagovailoa Is Now The Outright Leader Over Patrick Mahomes – originally posted on Sportslens.com
For the second time in three weeks, the Miami Dolphins put on a historic offensive showing on Sunday. They scored the 3rd most points in NFL history against the Broncos, even forfeiting a chance at breaking the record of 73. It was a well-rounded effort that thrived in both the rushing and passing attacks, and it has quarterback Tua Tagovailoa all by himself when it comes to the favorite to win the NFL’s MVP award.
Tua Tagovailoa Is Now The Overall Favorite For NFL MVP
Tua is on pace for:
5,600 passing yards
MVP. #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/Of98mwvs3M
— 𝙁𝙞𝙣𝙨 (@FinsPhanatics) September 25, 2023
The award was Patrick Mahomes’ to lose. The Chiefs quarterback is the reigning MVP of the NFL, and he entered the season with the shortest odds to repeat (+600). He was the outright favorite, but trailing close behind were guys like Josh Allen and Joe Burrow. Mahomes and the Chiefs got out to a rough start in Week 1, as did the other MVP candidates.
But not Tagovailoa. His 466 yard, 3 touchdown performance vaulted him to the top of the leader board, where he took a share of the lead with Mahomes at +650 going into Week 2. Tua’s performance against the Patriots in the second game was solid enough to keep him near the top, but the top of the leaderboard was cluttered heading into Week 3.
The clutter is gone. Tagovailoa led the Dolphins to their historic 70 point day, completing 89% of his passes en route to 309 yards and 4 touchdown passes. He achieved those numbers in just three quarters of play, and the oddsmakers at the sports books have taken notice.
Big Test For Tagovailoa And Miami In Week 4
Tua Tagovailoa ranks this season
Wins 3 t-1st
Pass Rating 121.9 1st
TD/att. 7.9% 1st
Yards/att. 10.1 1st
Yards/comp. 14.2 1st
he’s doing it again, you guys pic.twitter.com/9RscVnwqDu
— NFL on CBS (@NFLonCBS) September 25, 2023
As of Monday morning, Tagovailoa was listed as the heavy favorite to win the NFL MVP award, coming in at +400, the shortest of any MVP odds so far this season. Mahomes was listed at +700 at the time of writing, though that number is subject to heavy change. The public will believe that Mahomes will eventually win the MVP award until it is firmly taken out of his grasp, and the more that they bet on him with longer odds, the more his number will come down.
Will it last? Tagovailoa and the Dolphins will face their biggest test of the young season this coming Sunday, as they travel to Buffalo to face the division rival Bills. They have had one of the top-2 defenses in the league through the first three games, and are familiar with Tua and the Dolphins, having played against them three times last year.
The Bills are currently 2.5 point favorites for Sunday’s game.
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By: Anthony R. Cardenas
Title: NFL MVP Odds: Tua Tagovailoa Is Now The Outright Leader Over Patrick Mahomes
Sourced From: sportslens.com/news/nfl-mvp-odds-tua-tagovailoa-is-now-the-outright-leader-over-patrick-mahomes/
Published Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2023 18:26:02 +0000
‘SNL’ Eyes an October Return Date Following End of the WGA Strike
There’s some light at the end of the tunnel for the historic dual strike as the WGA and AMPTP reached a tentative agreement to end the writers' strike this past Sunday. That means certain variety shows like Saturday Night Live have a clearer path to returning. It didn’t take long for SNL’s return to become public either as it's being reported that the award-winning sketch comedy show plans on an October premiere date for Season 49.
By: Shane Romanchick
Title: ‘SNL’ Eyes an October Return Date Following End of the WGA Strike
Sourced From: collider.com/snl-return-window-writers-strike/
Published Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2023 20:43:17 GMT
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By: Aidan Kelley
Title: ‘The Royal Hotel’: Trailer, Release Date, and Everything We Know So Far
Sourced From: collider.com/the-royal-hotel-cast-trailer-release-date/
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