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A major Hollywood actors’ union voted to go on strike Friday at midnight. The actors’ strike will shut Hollywood down indefinitely.

Members of the Screen Actors Guild union met on Thursday to approve the strike after Hollywood studios would not agree on a new contract on Wednesday.

SAG-AFTRA is Hollywood’s largest union with 160,000 film, television and radio members.

They will join the Writers Guild of America (WGA) members who have been on strike for 11 weeks.

SAG-AFTRA’s decision to strike brings all current movies and television shows to a halt.

Actors will not do publicity for movies or appear on red carpets or do podcasts to talk about their movies.

SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher warned that actors could be replaced by AI deep fakes.

“If we don’t stand tall right now, we are all going to be in trouble. We are all going to be in jeopardy of being replaced by machines,” she said on Thursday.

Disney’s CEO Bob Iger complained that the strike is “disruptive” to his movie studios. And actor Matt Damon said one of his movies was forced to shut down.

Many aspiring actors are left without work and they face an uncertain future.

Originally published on: July 13, 2023 at 12:49 PM:

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An actors’ strike is imminent after SAG-AFTRA contract talks failed to reach a deal last night, Deadline reports.

Movie and TV projects here in Atlanta will be impacted if actors go on strike as planned. Music videos will also be affected. It is estimated that 75 percent of movies are filmed here in Atlanta.

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The list of movies currently being filmed in Atlanta include Tyler Perry’s Six Triple Eight; Disney’s Christmas film Dashing Through The Snow, starring Kevin Hart; Freedom Hair, Bride Hard, Captain America: Brave New World, Cinnamon, Twisted House Sitter 2, Black Spartans, Deep Fake, and more.

SAG-AFTRA’s television, theater and streaming contracts expired without a new agreement in place.

Contract negotiations broke off on Wednesday night without reaching a deal after more than 4 weeks of bargaining. The actors guild national board will meet Thursday morning to formally launch an actors’ strike.

Deadline reports it will be the first time that actors and writers have gone on strike at the same time since 1960.

Picketing is set to begin Friday morning (July 14). Insiders predict the strike will last until early fall.