As IATSE Seeks New Contract, Streamers’ Emmy Sweep Spotlights Antiquated “New Media” Terms & Studios Explore Strike Contingencies

As IATSE Seeks New Contract, Streamers’ Emmy Sweep Spotlights Antiquated “New Media” Terms & Studios Explore Strike Contingencies
Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards were hailed as “historic” by Netflix’s Bela Bajaria as streamers, led by Netflix, dominated, taking home for the first time all top scripted series categories: Outstanding Drama, Comedy and Limited or Anthology Series. But the triumph of streamers, who completed their coming of age and solidified their status as industry leaders and awards powerhouses, provided more fuel for a labor dispute that may halt Hollywood production a year after filming slowly resumed following a six-month pandemic-related shutdown.

A day after the Emmys, IATSE, the Hollywood union that represents production crew, notified members that as its negotiations with major studios representative AMPTP had stalled, they would seek strike authorization. The vote is slated to begin next week.

Amid the looming strike, the Emmys have been brought up a lot this week on social media because, along with fair wages, hours and working conditions, IATSE is
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