Actress Mandy Moore is supporting the SAG-AFTRA strike, which began after Hollywood’s major studios and streaming platforms failed to agree on a new contract. The main point of disagreement is about streaming residual payments.
Moore clarified her stance on the issue in an Instagram post, acknowledging the devastating impact of the strike on various industries. She highlighted that there are many other concerns, such as transparency with data, wage increases, and residuals.
In an interview, Moore mentioned that she received very small checks (81 cents) as streaming residuals for her show “This Is Us” on Hulu. Despite this, she expressed gratitude for her current success and recognized the unpredictable nature of the acting industry.
SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher also discussed streaming residuals during the strike. She explained that the traditional business model, based on network television, provided transparency in tracking viewership and ratings, allowing for fair residual payments. However, the rise of streaming platforms has changed the landscape, and a new union contract is needed to address these changes.
Streaming companies have been secretive about viewership data, raising concerns among actors and writers. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has been on strike since May, with similar concerns about fair compensation.
Mandy Moore and other actors hope for a fair contract to resume their beloved jobs. The strike has shed light on the complexities of the entertainment industry and the need for transparency and fair treatment of performers and creators.