On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we talk about the SAG-AFTRA strike against the biggest video game companies out there, Tim Miller exiting Deadpool 2, Donald Glover getting cast as Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo anthology film, we let Nick talk about Shin Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 gets a teaser, Logan gets a trailer, and Pher and Nick went to some conventions.
Just over a year after SAG-AFTRA initially publicly considered going on strike for video game work, it appears that conditions have not significantly improved. After two years of failed negotiations, effective this past Friday, SAG-AFTRA members went on strike.
SAG-AFTRA is specifically striking against the following companies:
Activision Publishing, Inc.; Blindlight, LLC; Corps of Discovery Films; Disney Character Voices, Inc.; Electronic Arts Productions, Inc.; Formosa Interactive, LLC; Insomniac Games, Inc.; Interactive Associates, Inc.; Take 2 Interactive Software; VoiceWorks Productions, Inc.; and WB Games, Inc.
The strike effects any game using SAG-AFTRA talent that went into production after February 17, 2015. Members will picket EA’s offices in Playa Vista, CA on Monday.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we briefly discuss the live action Attack on Titan movie, the forthcoming Back to the Future Doc Brown short film, a new Doctor Who spinoff called Class, Prometheus 2 getting a new name, a possible Men in Black reboot sans Will Smith, we let Nick talk about Gundam (Iron Blooded Orphans), and the video game voice actors may end up striking.
After continued failed negotiations with the Video Game industry, SAG-AFTRA is considering a strike for video game work. Striking is usually the last resort for any union, and if this happens it could possibly shut down AAA titles for the foreseeable future.
SAG-AFTRA is looking for monetary compensation like backend bonuses for performers, but also basic safety issues like stunt coordinators for Actors during Motion Capture sessions and time limits on vocally stressful recording sessions that could injure an actor’s vocal chords.
The game industry has made some bizarre demands as well. According to actor Wil Wheaton, video game companies want to be able to fine the Union for ridiculous things — including if agents don’t send actors out to audition for projects.
That’s right, the video game industry wants to be able to control who auditions for what role. It’s insane.
Honestly, companies in the video game industry like EA have proven time and time again that they don’t really care about any of their workers, so while it all seems nuts, it isn’t surprising. If the industry was willing to make basic safety concessions, I’m sure the Union would likely budge on monetary issues too. Sadly though, I really do think it’ll take an actual strike for any difference to be made.