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Navigating the SAG-AFTRA and WGA Joint Strike: A Mediator’s Perspective

Hey there, fellow entertainment enthusiasts!

As an attorney deeply involved in the entertainment industry and passionate about resolving disputes, I’ve been closely monitoring the ongoing joint strike by the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and the Writers Guild of America (WGA). Let’s dive into the issues at hand and explore how mediation can pave the way for a fair and harmonious resolution for everyone involved.

The Entertainment Landscape: Streaming, AI, and Data Transparency

We all know that the entertainment landscape has evolved drastically in recent years. The rise of streaming platforms has transformed the way we consume media, presenting unique challenges for both actors and writers. On one hand, actors are concerned about their residuals in this new streaming era, while writers grapple with the impact of AI on their creative work and the need for data transparency.

Mediation – Bridging the Gap

As a mediator, my role is to bring all parties to the table and facilitate open and productive communication. By doing so, we can identify common ground and work towards solutions that address the interests and concerns of SAG-AFTRA, the WGA, and the studios. Communication is key, and my goal is to foster an environment of collaboration and understanding.

Streaming Residuals – Embracing Change

The issue of streaming residuals is a complex one. I understand the financial implications for creative professionals, and my role as a mediator is to encourage an open dialogue that acknowledges the economic realities faced by the studios. Together, we can strive for a compensation structure that recognizes the value of creative work while adapting to the shifting dynamics of the industry.

AI in Media Production – Protecting Creativity

The use of AI in media production raises concerns for both actors and writers. Actors worry about their digital likenesses and the potential long-term effects on their careers. Writers, on the other hand, seek to preserve creative control in an AI-driven world. Through constructive conversations, we can explore safeguards and rights that protect the integrity of their work while embracing technological advancements.

Data Transparency – Making Informed Decisions

Transparent communication is essential in resolving the strike. By encouraging the sharing of relevant information, we can create a foundation for negotiations that is fair and equitable for all parties involved. Data-driven insights empower creative professionals and studios alike, leading to more informed decisions that shape the future of the entertainment industry.

A Shared Vision – Unity Amidst Challenges

Throughout the mediation process, my role is to listen impartially, building trust and fostering a sense of unity among all parties. Together, we can work towards a shared vision of a sustainable and thriving entertainment industry. Finding common ground and understanding each other’s perspectives will be instrumental in resolving this strike.


As we navigate the complexities of the SAG-AFTRA and WGA joint strike, mediation offers a glimmer of hope. Through constructive dialogue and cooperation, we can address the challenges presented by streaming, AI, and data transparency while ensuring a bright future for the entertainment industry. I’m committed to guiding the parties towards a fair and harmonious resolution that upholds the rights, interests, and livelihoods of creative professionals while embracing the ever-changing landscape of entertainment.

Stay tuned for more updates and insights on this exciting journey towards resolution