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Hollywood crews threaten strike if deal isn’t reached with producers
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A union representing film and television crews said it would strike on Monday unless a deal for a new contract is reached with producers.
"The pace of bargaining doesn’t reflect any sense of urgency," said Matthew Loeb, the president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, after failed talks. "Without an end date, we could keep talking forever. Our members deserve to have their basic needs addressed now."
A strike would hurt Hollywood as it emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic and bring production to a near standstill. It could throw studio plans for future movies and shows into turmoil and cost millions of dollars.
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"There are five days left to reach a deal, and the studios will continue to negotiate in good faith in an effort to reach an agreement for a new contract that will keep the industry working," a spokesman for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said in response to the news of a strike. AMPTP is a consortium of studios and streaming services that includes Netflix Inc. and Apple Inc.