This previous October noticed the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) threaten to go on strike for higher residuals and protections for on-set breaks. Though issues got here to a tenuous settlement, members of IATSE Local 839, aka The Animation Guild (TAG), had been separate from these discussions. Now of their in their very own quest to make sure that animation writers obtain honest pay for their works, their efforts have been briefly placed on pause.
Guild director Alexandra Drosu confirmed to Deadline on Friday that an settlement wasn’t reached, so negotiations between TAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) will proceed after the vacations have ended. Talks started on Monday and prolonged by means of the week, with the expectation issues would resolve earlier than the weekend ended. Previously, TAG’s settlement with AMPTP had expired again in July and later prolonged to the top of October.
In their negotiations for a brand new contract, TAG have been taking to Twitter to advocate for animation writers to be paid on par with the writers of reside motion productions and spotlight the pay disparity between the 2 mediums. Currently, animation writers have a weekly minimal of $2,064 (except it’s a present coated by the Writers Guild like The Simpsons), whereas reside motion writers’ pay falls someplace between $4,063 and $5,185. If you comply with anybody who works in animation on social media, together with excessive profile creators like Gravity Falls’ Alex Hirsch and DC Super Hero Girls’ Lauren Faust, chances are high you’ve seen them ask for followers to present their help with the hashtag #NewDealforAnimation.
In the wake of their discussions for higher pay, TAG has identified how animation managed to keep away from coming to a whole standstill like the remainder of Hollywood throughout the first 12 months of the pandemic. “We are a valuable part of the industry,” wrote TAG in their pinned tweet. “We do the same work as our live-action counterparts, and it’s time our pay reflected that…at the end of the day, we’re all doing the same job.”
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