Hollywood stars are reaching into their wallets to resolve disputes with studios.
After a Zoom meeting Tuesday with union officials negotiating with the Producers Alliance, some of the highest-paid film and television actors are offering to pay out of their own pockets for union demands for a 98-day strike to reach an agreement that will allow production to resume and resume As soon as possible.
According to Deadline, which interviewed George Clooney, he and others such as Emma Stone, Ben Affleck, Tyler Perry and Scarlett Johansson have asked Sag-Aftra union leaders to lift the cap on the $1 million annual membership fee. . Thus, those who earn more offer to pay more to fill the coffers of the union, which could thus distribute benefits and bonuses to translators who are paid less.
“A lot of people who make more money want to be part of the solution,” the two-time Oscar winner told Deadline.
“We proposed removing the dues cap so the union would earn more than $50 million a year. More than $150 million over the next three years (the length of the contract, an extension of which is being negotiated). We think it’s right that we pay more. We also propose to calculate image rights from the bottom up: the top of the agenda (i.e. the most important and highest paid names) will be the last to collect the remainder, rather than the first, as is the case now. We made our proposal to the union. We want to show that we are all in the same boat and are looking for ways to help bridge the gap between different members’ payments.”
This is not the first time that big names from the big and small screens have come to the aid of their temporary colleagues. In August, Clooney, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, Julia Roberts, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Meryl Streep and others donated $1 million each to the union’s solidarity fund. The funds were distributed to members who found themselves in severe economic hardship due to the strike.
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