Jul 13, 2023
By Christine Ross
Canada’s film and TV community is bracing for more job uncertainty as Hollywood actors have voted to strike at midnight.
More than half of Canadian-set film and TV shoots are U.S.-based productions employing tens of thousands of local talent and crew who’ll be out of work.
It could prevent unionized A-listers from attending the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Meantime in Hollywood, leaders of the union representing the actors say the decision comes after contract talks collapsed with the studios and streaming services that hire them.
“Employers make Wall Street and greed their priority and they forget about the essential contributors that make the machine run,” said Screen Actors Guild spokesman Fran Drescher.
It’s the first time actors from film and TV have gone on strike since 1980.
And the first time both actors and writers have been on strike since 1960.