California Governor Gavin Newsom offers to help negotiate Hollywood Strike, which has shut down production on major film and television projects.
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California Governor Newsom Hopes to Bring Hollywood Strike to an End
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – (AP) – California Governor Gavin Newsom has reached out to all sides of the strike that has affected Hollywood, his office said Wednesday, in a deal to restart the industry offered to help, which is vital to keep the state’s economy running, amidst signs of weakness.
So far, studio executives and the actors and writers have yet to show formal interest in bringing Newsom to the negotiating table, said Anthony York, Newsom’s senior adviser on communications. But York said Newsom and senior members of his administration have been in contact with all parties as the two strikes move deeper into the summer blockbuster season.
So far, studio executives and the actors and writers have yet to show formal interest in bringing Newsom to the negotiating table, said Anthony York, Newsom’s senior adviser on communications. But York said Newsom and senior members of his administration have been in contact with all parties as the two strikes move deeper into the summer blockbuster season. Meanwhile, Hollywood celebrities have joined the Enbridge Pipeline protest, calling on Newsom to intervene in the labor dispute.
York said, “It is clear the sides are still far apart, but he is very concerned about the impact a prolonged strike could have on the regional and state economy.” “Thousands of jobs directly or indirectly depend on Hollywood returning to work,” he added, including crew, staff, and catering.
The last time writers went on strike over a decade ago, the 100-day work stoppage cost the state’s economy an estimated $2 billion. This time the economic hit could be even bigger as actors have joined the strike. The strike comes after Newsom signed a state budget that included a more than $31 billion deficit due to a slump in the tech sector, one of the state’s key industries.
The writers have been on strike since May, and the actors joined them earlier this month. Both unions are concerned about how they will be paid in an era where fewer people pay to go to the movies or watch cable TV in favor of streaming services. And they are concerned about how the rise of artificial intelligence will affect the creative process, how movies and TV shows are made, and who gets paid to make them.
The Democratic governor first offered to help mediate a settlement in May, shortly after the writers’ strike began, saying he sympathized with their concerns about streaming and artificial intelligence.
Now in his final term in office, Newsom has worked hard to boost his national profile as he sets his sights on life after the office of governor. He is widely considered a future presidential contender, although he has no plans to run. Newsom’s role in ending the strikes that have shut down one of the nation’s most recognizable industries could solidify his standing on the national stage.
Labor activity has lit up California this summer, and it has become common for politicians and their allies to enter broker deals. For example, the new mayor of Los Angeles, Karen Bass, helped negotiate an end to the Los Angeles school staff strike. Acting Biden administration labor secretary Julie Sue, a former California labor leader helped end a contract dispute at Southern California ports.
When asked about Newsom’s involvement, Bass spokesman Zach Seidl said, “This is a historic turning point for our city. … We look forward to working with labor leaders and studio heads. Continue engaging with elected leaders and other affected parties.
York declined to say who Newsom spoke to on behalf of the unions or the studios. Representatives for the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists – and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers declined to comment.
Hollywood is a major Democratic funding source, including for Newsom. Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings donated $3 million to help defeat opposition during Newsom’s 2021 re-election campaign. Disney, Sony, Lionsgate executives, directors, and producers like Spielberg and Lorre have also made smaller donations.
Governor Newsom’s connections to Hollywood may help with strikes and workers’ rights. His spouse is a documentary director. He also approved a law to expand tax credits for film and TV productions, which are now refundable.
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