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Statement from AFM President Gagliardi on Contract Negotiations with AMPTP

Tino Gagliardi, American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada international president and chief negotiator, issued the following statement on the Basic Theatrical Motion Picture and Basic Television Motion Picture Agreements contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP):

“The first ten days of negotiations with the AMPTP concluded at the end of last week without us reaching an agreement. However, while we have not resolved our core issues of streaming residuals and protections against AI or addressed key issues such as wages and other contractual protections, sufficient progress has been made that we have scheduled two additional negotiation dates at the end of February.

“This negotiation is about getting our fair share, and we’re not going to stop until these contracts include better compensation, an industry-standard and sustainable streaming residual, wage increases, health care improvements, and protections against Artificial Intelligence so our sound and/or image cannot be captured or used without consent, credit, and compensation.

“We are fighting for the future of our industry and are proud to have the full backing of fellow unions: IATSE, SAG-AFTRA, Writers Guild of America, and the Teamsters. We look forward to continuing negotiations on February 21st and 22nd.”

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