Feature film production at the major studios may have halted and TV filming may have slackened but few people in the entertainment business expect another full-scale strike to hit Hollywood again, according to trade and newspaper accounts. "There's a ubiquitous sense among studio and network execs, talent reps and multihyphenates that SAG does not have the bedrock of support among its members to call for a work stoppage," Daily Variety observed today (Wednesday). The Hollywood Reporter commented that by waging a three-front war -- against the studios, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the SAG locals in New York and Chicago -- the Hollywood leadership had painted itself into a corner, with little chance of securing strike authorization from members. On its website the AMPTP said that its final offer was worth $250 million and warned that a SAG strike would cost actors 2.5 million every day in lost wages. "The other guilds and unions would lose $13.5 million each day in wages, and the California economy will be harmed at the rate of $23 million each and every day," the AMPTP statement said.

02/07/2008