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Breaking: 160,000 Video Game Voice Actors could be on strike starting Friday
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The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), have set Friday, 18th of October, 2016, as the date for over 160,000 performers to go on strike.  SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals.  A list of the companies affected are:

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. WB Games, Inc. 

The strike comes after 1.5 years of negotiation failures dating all the way back to the 3rd of February, 2015.  In July 25th and 26th of 2016 negotiations continued with little success.  October 17th the final round of negotiations failed once again and today, the date for the strike was set.  The final negotiations end tomorrow and it’s predicted that the strike will go on as the two sides are far apart.  According to the SAG-AFTRA website “The Interactive Media Agreement was first negotiated by SAG and AFTRA in the mid-1990s, and this agreement is still the template we use today despite radical changes in what we are required to do on set and in the recording studio”.

A copy of the Producers proposal

The issues that the SAG-AFTRA are fighting for are contingent compensation, Safety on the set, more transparency, disability and injury to voice workers, and employers not taking them seriously.  More information on this can also be found on their site here.

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