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Striking Hollywood Actors Guild approves 39 independent productions

Los Angeles, United States, Jul 18 (EFE).- The Screen Actors Guild approved on Tuesday the production of 39 audiovisual projects from independent production houses that do not belong to the Alliance of Film and Television Producers, amid a strike they are currently carrying out.

Local media said the list includes two projects from A24 Films, the studio that produced this year’s Oscar-winning film “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.

“Death of a Unicorn,” with Paul Rudd and Jenna Ortega in the lead, is one of the authorized productions and its filming will take place in Hungary.

The other project approved for A24 Films is David Lowery’s epic melodrama “Mother Mary” which stars Anne Hathaway and Michaela Coel.

The actors began a strike on Mar. 13 after the negotiations with the alliance concluded without success in the creation of a new collective agreement, adding to the strike that Hollywood scriptwriters began on May 2 for similar reasons.

Due to the stoppage, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists prohibited its members from working on any production involving large corporations such as Disney, Netflix, Amazon or Warner Bros., or promoting films and series endorsed by them, among other restrictions.

Before the union had already announced it would agree to give provisional waivers for independent films and television projects.

The productions committed to respect the terms of the last offer proposed by the federation during the contract negotiations, and once a final agreement is reached with the alliance they will adhere to the final negotiated agreement.

Other approved films include “Flight Risk,” directed by Mel Gibson and starring Mark Wahlberg; “Dust Bunny,” with Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen and the American Sigourney Weaver in its cast, and the film “The Rivals of Amziah King,” directed by Matthew McConaughey. EFE


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